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I fight for a living : boxing and the battle for black manhood, 1880-1915

Author: Louis Moore
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2017]
Series: Sport and society.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The black prizefighter labored in one of the few trades where an African American man could win renown: boxing. His prowess in the ring asserted an independence and powerful masculinity rare for black men in a white-dominated society, allowing him to be a man--and thus truly free. Louis Moore draws on the life stories of African American fighters active from 1880 to 1915 to explore working-class black manhood. As  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Moore, Louis, 1978-
I fight for a living.
Urbana : University of Illinois, [2017]
(DLC) 2017023714
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Louis Moore
ISBN: 9780252041341 0252041348 9780252082870 0252082877
OCLC Number: 983823625
Description: 223 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Bring home the bacon : the black proletariat and the prizefighter --
Race man or race menace? : pugilists, patriarchy, and pathology --
Black men and the business of boxing --
Colored championship and color lines --
Sambos, savages, and the shakiness of whiteness --
Following the color line : progressive reform and the fear of the black fighter --
Epilogue.
Series Title: Sport and society.
Responsibility: Louis Moore.

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"The black prizefighter labored in one of the few trades where an African American man could win renown: boxing. His prowess in the ring asserted an independence and powerful masculinity rare for black men in a white-dominated society, allowing him to be a man--and thus truly free. Louis Moore draws on the life stories of African American fighters active from 1880 to 1915 to explore working-class black manhood. As he details, boxers bought into American ideas about masculinity and free enterprise to prove their equality while using their bodies to become self-made men. The African American middle class, meanwhile, grappled with an expression of public black maleness they saw related to disreputable leisure rather than respectable labor. Moore shows how each fighter conformed to middle class ideas of masculinity based on his own judgment of what culture would accept. Finally, he argues that African American success in the ring shattered the myth of black inferiority despite media and government efforts to defend white privilege."-- From Amazon.

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"In I Fight for A Living, Moore presents the complex ways that whites sought to define and maintain white manhood through the lens of the boxing ring. . . . It is important to consider the narratives Read more...

 
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