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Jack Johnson was given speeding tickets scores of times over the years, sometimes because he really was driving too fast — and sometimes simply because white policemen couldn’t stand to see a black man behind the wheel of a costly racing car. He also later joined a vaudeville troupe, where he made good money under tough working conditions.
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Putting a racist spin on a Progressive-era law intended to fight commercialized vice, the U.S. government brings charges against Johnson under the Mann Act, citing his past relationships with white women. He is convicted and sentenced to prison, but skips bail and flees to Europe. After several years as a fugitive, he defends his heavyweight title against Jess Willard in a still-controversial 26-round fight in Cuba.

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