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Unforgivable Blackness: A Film Directed by Ken Burns

About the Film Rebel of the Progressive Era Sparring The Fight of the Century Knockout Ghost in the House For Teachers
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Books

Batchelor, Danzil. Jack Johnson and His Times. Weidenfield & Nicolson: London. 1956.

DeCoy, Robert H. The Big Black Fire. Holloway House Publishing: Los Angeles. 1969.

Early, Gerald L. The Culture of Bruising: Essays on Prizefighting, Literature and Modern American Culture. The Ecco Press: Hopewell, NJ. 1994.

Farr, Finis. Black Champion: The Life and Times of Jack Johnson. Fawcett Publications: London. 1965.

Fleischer, Nat. "Fighting Furies": Story of the Golden Era of Jack Johnson, Sam Langford and Their Contemporaries. C. J. O'Brien, Inc.: New York. 1939.

Gilmore, Al-Tony. Bad Nigger! The National Impact of Jack Johnson. Kennikat Press: Port Washington, New York. 1975.

Hietala, Thomas R. The Fight of the Century: Jack Johnson, Joe Louis, and the Struggle for Racial Equality. M.E. Sharpe: Armonk, New York. 2002.

Johnson, Jack. In the Ring and Out. National Sports Publishing: Chicago. 1927.

Langum, David. Crossing Over the Line: Legislating Morality and the Mann Act. University of Chicago Press: Chicago, 1994.

Roberts, Randy. Papa Jack: Jack Johnson and the Era of White Hopes. The Free Press: New York. 1983.

Sammons, Jeffrey T. Beyond the Ring: The Role of Boxing in American Society. University of Illinois Press: Champaign. 1999.

Ward, Geoffrey C. Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson. Alfred A. Knopf: New York. 2004.

Wells, Jeff. Boxing Day: The Fight that Changed the World. HarperCollins Australia: Sydney. 1999.


Online Sources

African-American Registry:
World Heavyweight Champ and legend, Jack Johnson
www.aaregistry.com/african_american_history/783/
Heavyweight_Champ_and_legend_Jack_Johnson

ESPN.com: Johnson boxed, lived on own terms
espn.go.com/sportscentury/features/00014275.html

Famous Texans: Jack Johnson
www.famoustexans.com/jackjohnson.htm

International Boxing Hall of Fame: Racism takes a blow in Reno
www.ibhof.com/ibhfhvy3.htm

Cyber Boxing Zone: Jack Johnson... "Bad Nigger"
www.cyberboxingzone.com/boxing/wail1100_tracy.htm

East Side Boxing: What Really Happened in the Jack Johnson-Stanley Ketchel Fight?
www.eastsideboxing.com/news/bearden2006.php

Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia: Jack Johnson:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Johnson

The American Experience: The Fight
www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/fight/