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Jack Johnson, boxing World Champion - 1st arrest...

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October 18, 1912

NEW-YORK TRIBUNE, NY, Oct. 18, 1912

* Jack Johnson - World Heavyweight Champ
* 1st Black American to hold title (1910)
* Racially motivated arrest for allegedly violating the Mann Act

Page 5 has: "JACK JOHNSON WATCHED," with related article which tells of his arrested for allegedly violating the Mann Act due to his supposed "influence" over Lucile Cameron - who would later become his wife. The telling subheads include: "Police Take White Girl, Once Cashier in His Cafe," "HER MOTHER'S PLEA VAIN," and "Negro Fighter's Influence Over Lucile Cameron Overcomes Parent's Prayer." Much text to follow, including excerpts from her mother's plea.
History would show the arrest to have been racially motivated. In time he would be convicted of similar actions, and serve time in prison. In 2018 he received a full, posthumous pardon from President Donald Trump.
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day are found throughout.
Complete in 20 pages, light browning, some margin wear and chipping. Must be handled with care.

Category: The 20th Century

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