The World Colored Heavyweight Championship, 1876–1937

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About the Book

For six decades the World Colored Heavyweight Championship was a useful tool of racial oppression—the existence of the title far more important to the white public than its succession of champions. It took some extraordinary individuals, most notably Jack Johnson, to challenge “the color line” in the ring, although the title and the black fighters who contended for it continued until the reign of Joe Louis a generation later. This history traces the advent and demise of the Championship, the stories of the 28 professional athletes who won it, and the demarcation of the color line both in and out of the ring.

About the Author(s)

Mark Allen Baker is a former business executive, author, historian, and writer of hundreds of articles and more than 20 books. He is the only person to serve the International Boxing Hall of Fame as an author, historian, chairperson, sponsor, volunteer and biographer. He lives in Hebron, Connecticut, and Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

Bibliographic Details

Mark Allen Baker
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages:
Bibliographic Info: ca. 50 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7765-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3987-1
Imprint: McFarland