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[...] astonishing feats of masculine courage, incredibly sensuous black women, and unbelievable success against overwhelming odds offered relief from the tedium of their lives in the same way soap operas and romance novels provided escape from a humdrum existence. [...] moral badmen as John Henry and Joe Louis represented the community and its sense of values. Because both were outlaws, who flouted the legal system and even the moral order, the community admired their courage and determination to resist the efforts exerted on them to conform to the social order.
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