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The Jim Crow Era

Jack Johnson became the first African American world heavyweight boxing champion in the height of the Jim Crow era — a time in which slavery was abolished, but African Americans were not yet truly free.
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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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