Analysis Of The Book ' Jack Johnson Is A Dandy '

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Jack Johnson entitled his autobiography “Jack Johnson is a Dandy”. After reading Tony Al-GIlmore’s Ba-ad Nigger!, the autobiography title is all the explanation one needs. If Al-Gilmore was trying to paint a rosy picture of an African American savior, then he did not succeed. Not that his book was a negative portrayal of Johnson. Rather, he laid out the facts and let the reader form his own opinion. Aiding this were the articles from both black and white newspapers that he used as sources for his paper. While the book 's title suggests it is a story of Jack Johnson 's great boxing career, it turns out to be about the society’s acceptance, or lack thereof, of him.

Johnson was not the first ever black boxer. While there was some black involvement in the sport, there was not much viewing interest coming from the black population. Up until 1908 white boxers refused to fight black opponents. Ironic how tunes change to the cha-ching of dollar signs. The beginning of the twentieth century saw a decline in boxing popularity and Sam Fitzpatrick capitalized on it. He decided that there was no time like the present for change. He set up a match between champion Tommy Burns and this unbeatable negro. Burns thought this would be an easy way to line his pockets with cash, so he agreed.

The fact that boxing popularity was so low aided Fitzpatrick in his ability to set the whole thing up. There was not much coverage of the contract signing, and little of the fight, since it…
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