Ken Burns Classroom

Jackie Enters the Majors

Ken Burns Film: Jackie Robinson

Collections: Postwar United States (1945-1970s)

Subject: African American History Race and Identity US History

Grade Level: 7-12

Video Run Time: 3:23

On April 15, 1947, opening day at Ebbets Field, Jackie Robinson (#42) played first base.The Dodgers won, and the black press declared Jackie’s arrival a landmark event. The white press, however, didn’t even acknowledge his entry into the major leagues.