Jack Dempsey: National Heroes Of The 1920's

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During the 1920s Americans often celebrated materialistic prosperity and made national heroes from their favorite sports figures. The biggest American sports star was undoubtedly Babe Ruth; his only closest rival during the time period was a ruthless heavyweight boxer called Jack Dempsey. Jack Dempsey, born on June 24, 1895, was given the name William Harrison Dempsey. He was born and partially raised in Manassa, Colorado. Dempsey’s parents, Celia and Hyrum Dempsey, were both originally from west virginia where they were converted to Mormonism and soon after moved to a small Mormon village in southern Colorado. Dempsey was raised Mormon by his mother and consistently followed the Mormon religion throughout his whole life even publicizing
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