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Papa Jack: Jack Johnson And The Era Of White Hopes

ISBN13: 9780029269008
ISBN: 0029269008
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $20.95
Publisher: Free Press
Published Date:
Pages: 304
Average Goodreads rating: 3.85/5 (52 ratings)

When Jack Johnson defeated white heavyweight champion Jim Jeffries in 1910, it was America's notions of racial superiority that staggered under his blows. Amid riots and lynchings, the search began for the Great White Hope who could put the "uppity" new champion in his place.

Here is the startling true story of the most famous--and most hated--black American of his day. "Papa Jack" takes us into a violent and sordid world. It is an astonishing tale of black defiance--and white retribution--set against the dramatic canvas of sports and spectacle in Jim Crow America.