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Papa Jack : Jack Johnson and the era of white hopes

Author: Randy Roberts
Publisher: New York : Free Press ; London : Collier Macmillan, ©1983.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Jack Johnson; Jack Johnson; Jack Johnson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Randy Roberts
ISBN: 0029266408 9780029266403 0029269008 9780029269008
OCLC Number: 9133517
Description: xiii, 274 pages, [8] pages of plates : portrait ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Randy Roberts.

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"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."--Back cover.

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