By Geoffrey C. Ward
During this vibrant biography Geoffrey C. Ward brings again to lifestyles the main celebrated -- and the main reviled -- African American of his age.
Jack Johnson battled his manner out of obscurity and poverty within the Jim Crow South to win the identify of heavyweight champion of the area. At a time whilst whites ran every thing in the US, he took orders from not anyone and resolved to dwell as though colour didn't exist. whereas such a lot blacks struggled just to exist, he reveled in his riches and his repute, snoozing with whomever he happy, to the consternation and anger of a lot of white the US. simply because he did so the government got down to spoil him, and he was once compelled to undergo legal and 7 years of exile. This definitive biography portrays Jack Johnson as he relatively was--a battler opposed to the bigotry of his period and the embodiment of yankee individualism.