July 30, 2012
story of a man who transcended the handicaps
of race to become
At the turn of the 20th century, hundreds of lightning-fast racers won the hearts and minds of a bicycling-crazed public. Scientists studied them, newspapers glorified them, and millions of dollars in purse money were awarded to them. Major Taylor aimed to be the fastest of them all.
Major is the story of a superstar nobody saw coming, the account of a fierce rivalry that would become an archetypal tale of white versus black in the 20th century, and, most of all, the tale of our nationís first black sports celebrity.
What drives Major Taylor to race?
How does Balf set up a duality between
Major and McFarland?
How does fashion shape the story of
How does foreign experience help
What does Balf mean when he describes
the "twoness" of
Is Major a
tragedy or a success story?
Questions adapted from: http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20181321,00.html and