Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Aug 4, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 544 pages
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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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Review: Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

User Review  - Crease - Goodreads

I've often told the story of how, during the years my parents had split and I lived with my mom, she didn't raise me. She loved me, protected me, provided for me, but didn't raise me; Michael Jordan ... Read full review

Review: Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

User Review  - Shalon Montgomery - Goodreads

I am not into long books, but this was worth it. Johnson was a man who took advantage of his gifts and answered to few and he wasn't alone in his thinking and actions. The book deglorifies America but ... Read full review

Contents

THE BRUNETTE IN A BLOND TOWN
225
THEACCUSED
350
THEFUGYHVE
405
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About the author (2010)

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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