Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2013 Peter Richman
This Senior Thesis in History analyzes a number of newspaper articles from the 1950s and 1960s in order to investigate a noticeable historiographical narrative on former Harlem Globetrotters’ owner Abe Saperstein. Three historiographical accounts present the debated dichotomy of Abe’s character as a patronizing, bigoted owner toward his black players and as a champion of blacks’ rights. This research inquires as to the extent to which 1950s and 1960s newspaper portrayals of Abe either support or oppose historiographical interpretations. The resultant analysis argues that while a large portion of 1950s and 1960s articles bolster the substantially negative modern interpretations of Abe’s character, a significant amount of the primary sources present the owner in a much more favorable manner.
Richman, Peter, "The Portrayal of Harlem Globetrotters' Owner Abe Saperstein: A Historical Investigation of Modern Perspectives" (2013). CMC Senior Theses. 588.