Beyond the Ring: The Role of Boxing in American Society

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University of Illinois Press, Jul 1, 1990 - Sports & Recreation - 376 pages
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Documents the ruin waiting for almost all those ill-advised enough to become professional boxers. The author confirms the legends, of crime, of swindling, of the miserable economic rewards allotted to the vast majority of fighters, and the traditional racism of the American ring.
 

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This is a must read book, but it's not a feel-good book. Jeffery Sammons has laid out the underside of the sport, the corruptions, the racism, and the likelihood of serious injury. A book mostly ... Read full review

Beyond the ring: the role of boxing in American society

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Sammons, a history and Afro-American studies scholar, presents a social history of boxing in America. He weaves the contributions of John L. Sullivan, Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, Jack Johnson, etc.mostly ... Read full review

Contents

The Development of Modern Prizefighting
3
Racism and Reform
30
A Time for Heroes
48
Exit of the Champions
73
Depression War and Joe Louis
96
Television Monopoly and Crime
130
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Jeffrey T. Sammons is professor in the Department of History at New York University and the author of Beyond the Ring: The Role of Boxing in American Society. John H. Morrow, Jr., Franklin Professor of History at the University of Georgia, is the author of several books, including The Great War: An Imperial History.

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