The Rise And Fall Of Jack Johnson
On Sale: January 3, 2006
Featuring: Jack Johnson
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In this vivid biography Geoffrey C. Ward brings back to life
the most celebrated â€” and the most reviled â€” African
American of his age.
Jack Johnson battled his way out of obscurity and poverty in
the Jim Crow South to win the title of heavyweight champion
of the world. At a time when whites ran everything in
America, he took orders from no one and resolved to live as
if color did not exist.
While most blacks struggled simply to exist, he reveled in
his riches and his fame, sleeping with whomever he pleased,
to the consternation and anger of much of white America.
Because he did so the federal government set out to destroy
him, and he was forced to endure prison and seven years of
This definitive biography portrays Jack Johnson as he really
was--a battler against the bigotry of his era and the
embodiment of American individualism.
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