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I Fight for a LivingBoxing and the Battle for Black Manhood, 1880-1915$
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Louis Moore

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041341

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041341.001.0001

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Following the Color Line

Following the Color Line

Progressive Reform and the Fear of the Black Fighter

(p.138) 6 Following the Color Line
I Fight for a Living

Louis Moore

University of Illinois Press

During the Progressive Era, a number of cities and states outside the Deep South eventually barred mixed bouts. To be sure, white lawmakers wanted to protect white superiority. Each black victory in the ring against white opponents--and there were plenty by black men--stripped away at the notion of white male social and political authority, a confidence that partly hinged on whites’ racial belief in physical superiority. Whiteness had no value if it could not be proven.

Keywords:   Progressive era, Mixed bouts, Color line, Whiteness, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Memphis

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