Race riots broke out in 1910 when Johnson defeated white former champion Jim Jeffries. [...] says Early, for whites insecure about their assumed superiority to blacks, the idea of "a white lord of the apes who is able physically not only to beat the apes but also African warriors was not without its political significance."
Bits of history Rodney Clapp The Christian Century; Jan 12, 2010; 127, 1; Docstoc pg. 45 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.
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