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The black white hope

The black white hope

Illustrating a book review for The Economist's Books and arts section, on "The Longest Fight: In the Ring with Joe Gans, Boxing's First African-American Champion" by William Gildea. The cheerful and polite boxer, described by a sports writer as "The whitest black man that ever entered the ring" faced tremendous racism with stoicism.