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Unformatted text preview: cond lieutenant before his time in the army was over, so he had to have earned the
trust and respect of his peers in order to be given such a responsibility. Jackie’s time in
the army proved that he was able to work with whites, as well as gain their respect even
though he was a negro. When Jackie returned from his services overseas, he was
courtmartialed for refusing to sit in the “black” section of a bus.3 This action was important
in his life, because it showed that he was willing to stand up for his race, without becoming
violent. He did not fight back, instead he accepted the charges pressed against him.
Ever since Branch Rickey’s coaching days at Ohio Wesleyan University, he had
been trying to push for the integration of professional baseball. In 1945, he pushed to
create the “United States League,” which he called “a new circuit for black players” (p. 47)4 .
He hoped that his model would be accepted by other influential members in baseball, but
he was met with a lot of confus...
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