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Jack Johnson (1878)

The son of two ex-slaves, Johnson was the world's first African-American heavyweight champion. At the height of his career, Johnson was excoriated by the press for having twice married white women, and he offended white supremacists by defeating former champion James J. Jeffries, the "Great White Hope." In 1912, Johnson was convicted under the Mann Act for transporting his wife-to-be across state lines. Sentenced to a year in prison, he fled the country. What happened when he returned? More...
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On July 4, 1910, more than twelve thousand people, mostly white men, gathered in a makeshift stadium in the little desert town of Reno, Nevada. They were gathered to see their hero, the retired white Heavyweight Champion of the World, Jim Jeffries, take back the title from the African-American current champion, Jack Johnson.



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