Jack Johnson and the “Fight of the Century”

By the turn of the century, the color line in sports was firmly in place, but the charismatic and controversial Jack Johnson smashed this line with a firm one-two to the jaw. Though boxing had long roots, it was a fairly new sport to Americans in the 1880s, and though banned in many states, one …

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The Edwardian Sportswoman

In the first volume of The Sportswoman’s Library (1898), editor Frances Slaughter states: “It is during the last ten years that women have come to be reckoned as a power in the land, in the matter of sport, and it is now a matter of course for the novelists of the day to make their …

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