These websites are about sports during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era in North America, with particular emphasis on boxer Jack Johnson. Learn about the beginning of professional sports in America and the historical context in which they developed. Issues relating to race, class, and gender are addressed. There are primary source documents, photographs, interactive features, and more.
This site accompanies the Ken Burns documentary about Jack Johnson, the first black Heavyweight Champion of the World. Read about his life or watch an interactive feature on the "Battle of the Century" between Johnson and retired champion Jim Jeffries. NOTE: Content may not be suitable for younger students.