The Fight of the Century: Jack Johnson, Joe Louis and the Struggle for Racial Equality / Edition 1

The Fight of the Century: Jack Johnson, Joe Louis and the Struggle for Racial Equality / Edition 1

by Thomas R. Hietala
     
 

ISBN-10: 0765607220

ISBN-13: 9780765607225

Pub. Date: 07/31/2002

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This book examines the history of race relations in the United States in the first half of the twentieth century through the lives and times of two leading African-American sports figures, the boxers Jack Johnson and Joe Louis. The author explores how the public careers and private lives of the first two African American heavyweight boxing champions both define and

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This book examines the history of race relations in the United States in the first half of the twentieth century through the lives and times of two leading African-American sports figures, the boxers Jack Johnson and Joe Louis. The author explores how the public careers and private lives of the first two African American heavyweight boxing champions both define and explain vital issues in U.S. history. He incorporates extensive research into the black press of the time. And he organizes the major events - the John Jeffries "fight of the century" in 1910, the Mann Act trial, Louis's two bouts with Max Schmeling in the 1930s, Louis's enlistment in the Army in 1942 - around the principle themes of the book: the persistence of prejudice and segregation from the early 1900s to the late 1940s; the two boxers'symbolic significance to black Americans; and the hopes that their success in the ring inspired.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765607225
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/31/2002
Series:
Social and Cultural History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: "Many Thousand Gone"3
1."A Retribution Seeks": White Repression and Black Redemption13
2."A Tempest of Dispraise": From Black Hope to Black Burden48
3."Under the White Man's Menace": Divisive Wars at Home and Abroad87
4."Outcasts Asylumed": Exile's Return and Legacy129
5."Don't You Fall Now": A New Race Ambassador Emerges148
6."No Other Dream, No Land But This": Black Americans and the Enemy Within191
7."Another World Be Born": In Search of Victory at Home and Abroad243
8."The Harder They Fall": A Champion's Life and Legend295
Epilogue323
Notes331
Index365
About the Author377

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