Fight of the Century: Jack Johnson, Joe Louis, and the Struggle for Racial Equality
- Publish Date: 2004-03-31
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Thomas R. Hietala
This is a revealing look at the history of race relations in the United States during the first half of the twentieth century portrayed through the lives and times of the first two African-American heavyweight boxing champions, Jack Johnson and Joe Louis. Incorporating extensive research into the black press of the time, the author explores how the public careers and private lives of these two sports figures both define and explain vital national issues from the early 1900s to the late 1940s.