For Gold and Glory

For Gold and Glory

Charlie Wiggins and the African-American Racing Car Circuit
Todd Gould
Distribution: World
Publication date: 08/08/2007
Format: Paperback 45 b&w photos
ISBN: 978-0-253-21962-6
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This book tells the little-known story of a highly celebrated auto-racing event for African Americans, the Gold and Glory Sweepstakes. These races were held in Indiana and throughout the Midwest during the racial turbulence of the 1920s and 1930s, when the Ku Klux Klan cast a shadow over the social and political landscape of the state and region. The story is told through the eyes and emotions of Indianapolis auto mechanic Charlie Wiggins. The greatest African American driver of the era, Wiggins was known as the "Negro Speed King." Set against the colorful backdrop of gangsters, bootleggers, the birth of jazz, and the early history of auto racing in the United States, For Gold and Glory chronicles the tragedies and triumphs of a dedicated group of individuals who overcame tremendous odds to chase their dreams.

Author Bio

Todd Gould is the ten-time Emmy Award–winning writer and television producer of For Gold and Glory, the PBS television special on which this book is based. Gould is author of Pioneers of the Hardwood (IUP, 1998). He lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Racing for "Gold and Glory"
The Adventurer
The Dawn of a New Opportunity
100% American
The Negro Speed King
Charlie’s Gang
"A Darn Good Move on Us"
A Bad Premonition
Epilogue: These Men of Grease and Grit
Appendix: Gold and Glory Sweepstakes Winners

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