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Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

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In this vivid biography Geoffrey C. Ward brings back to life the most celebrated — and the most reviled — 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 exile. 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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He was the first black heavyweight champion in history, the most celebrated-and most reviled-African American of his age. In "Unforgivable Blackness, the prizewinning biographer Geoffrey C. Ward brings to vivid life the real Jack Johnson, a figure far more complex and compelling than the newspaper headlines he inspired could ever convey. Johnson battled his way from obscurity to the top of the heavyweight ranks and in 1908 won the greatest prize in American sports-one that had always been the private preserve of white boxers. 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 just to survive, he reveled in his riches and his fame. And at a time when the mere suspicion that a black man had flirted with a white woman could cost him his life, he insisted on sleeping with whomever he pleased, and married three. Because he did so the federal government set out to destroy him, and he was forced to endure a year of prison and seven years of exile. Ward points out that to most whites (and to some African Americans as well) he was seen as a perpetual threat-profligate, arrogant, amoral, a dark menace, and a danger to the natural order of things.

"

Unforgivable Blackness is the first full-scale biography of Johnson in more than twenty years. Accompanied by more than fifty photographs and drawing on a wealth of new material-including Johnson's never-before-published prison memoir-it restores Jack Johnson to his rightful place in the pantheon of American individualists.

"From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

The award-winning author applies his grasp of American history to the most admired and most reviled African American of his era, heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, drawing on a wealth of contemporaneous documents, including Johnson's never-before-published prison memoir.

About the Author

Geoffrey C. Ward won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1989. With Ken Burns, he is coauthor of The Civil War and Jazz. He lives in New York City.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375710049
Author:
Ward, Geoffrey C.
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Author:
Various
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Boxing
Subject:
Boxers (Sports)
Subject:
Sports - General
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Boxers (Sports) -- United States.
Subject:
Johnson, Jack
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Subject:
boxing;biography;sports;history;racism;race;non-fiction;jack johnson
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20060131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32 PP.BandW PHOTOS
Pages:
546
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 1.4 in 1.2625 lb

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Product details 546 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375710049 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , He was the first black heavyweight champion in history, the most celebrated-and most reviled-African American of his age. In "Unforgivable Blackness, the prizewinning biographer Geoffrey C. Ward brings to vivid life the real Jack Johnson, a figure far more complex and compelling than the newspaper headlines he inspired could ever convey. Johnson battled his way from obscurity to the top of the heavyweight ranks and in 1908 won the greatest prize in American sports-one that had always been the private preserve of white boxers. 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 just to survive, he reveled in his riches and his fame. And at a time when the mere suspicion that a black man had flirted with a white woman could cost him his life, he insisted on sleeping with whomever he pleased, and married three. Because he did so the federal government set out to destroy him, and he was forced to endure a year of prison and seven years of exile. Ward points out that to most whites (and to some African Americans as well) he was seen as a perpetual threat-profligate, arrogant, amoral, a dark menace, and a danger to the natural order of things.

"

Unforgivable Blackness is the first full-scale biography of Johnson in more than twenty years. Accompanied by more than fifty photographs and drawing on a wealth of new material-including Johnson's never-before-published prison memoir-it restores Jack Johnson to his rightful place in the pantheon of American individualists.

"From the Hardcover edition.

"Synopsis" by , The award-winning author applies his grasp of American history to the most admired and most reviled African American of his era, heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, drawing on a wealth of contemporaneous documents, including Johnson's never-before-published prison memoir.
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