Crazy Fourth : how Jack Johnson kept his heavyweight title and put Las Vegas, New Mexico, on the map / Toby Smith
- Smith, Toby, 1946-
- Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2020.
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- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource (xviii, 181 pages)
- Cover -- Half Title -- Title -- Copyright -- Table of Contents -- Introduction -- Chapter 1. Birth of a Debacle -- Chapter 2. The Minister of Propaganda -- Chapter 3. Home Sweet Hype -- Chapter 4. Which Way to South Porcupine? -- Chapter 5. Ladies' Man -- Chapter 6. A Welcome Mat and a Doormat -- Chapter 7. Jack Does Santa Fe -- Chapter 8. A Familiar Voice -- Chapter 9. On the Road with the Fireman -- Chapter 10. Some Sweat, Lots of Play -- Chapter 11. Two Little Words -- Chapter 12. Getting the Old Ring-Around -- Chapter 13. Here Come the Cars -- Chapter 14. All Aboard! and Chapter 15. He's Got Mail -- Chapter 16. Rolling Out the Stereotypes -- Chapter 17. Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Moe -- Chapter 18. The Necklace -- Chapter 19. Cornermen -- Chapter 20. Weighing In -- Chapter 21. Old Acquaintances -- Chapter 22. Clickety-Clickety-Click -- Chapter 23. Disturbing Days -- Chapter 24. Getting Closer -- Chapter 25. A Very Short Warm-Up Act -- Chapter 26. Antic Climax -- Chapter 27. A Misbegotten Mess -- Chapter 28. Shouts, Shots, and Megaphones -- Chapter 29. The Rewards of an Ugly Afternoon -- Chapter 30. Final Gong -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
- "In 1912 boxing was as popular a spectator sport in the United States as baseball, if not more so. It was also rife with corruption and surrounded by gambling, drinking, and prostitution, so much so that many cities and states passed laws to control it. But not in New Mexico. It was the perfect venue for one of the biggest, loudest, most rambunctious heavyweight championship bouts ever seen. In Crazy Fourth Toby Smith tells the story of how the African American boxer Jack Johnson-the bombastic and larger-than-life reigning world heavyweight champion-met Jim Flynn on the fourth of July in Las Vegas, New Mexico. The civic boosters, bursting with pride in their town, raised a hundred thousand dollars for the fight, pushing events like the sinking of the Titanic to the back pages of every newspaper. In the end, once the dust finally settled on the whole unseemly spectacle, Las Vegas would spend the next generation making good on its losses"--
- 0826361447 (electronic book)
9780826361448 (electronic bk.)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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