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Black as Jack, the fight which challenged a nation … a docu-drama for radio

Episode 3: The Aftermath

Episode 3: The Aftermath

In 1908 Australia found itself playing host to two very different boxers in two very different circumstances. One was Tommy Burns, the white Canadian heavyweight champion of the world. The other was Jack Johnson, a black American, whom some thought was good … for a ‘nigger’. Every time Burns defended his title in Australia he…

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Episode 2: The Fight

Episode 2: The Fight

In 1908 Australia found itself playing host to two very different boxers in two very different circumstances. One was Tommy Burns, the white Canadian heavyweight champion of the world. The other was Jack Johnson, a black American, whom some thought was good … for a ‘nigger’. Every time Burns defended his title in Australia he…

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Episode 1: The Build-up

Episode 1: The Build-up

In 1908 Australia found itself playing host to two very different boxers in two very different circumstances. One was Tommy Burns, the white Canadian heavyweight champion of the world. The other was Jack Johnson, a black American, whom some thought was good … for a ‘nigger’. Every time Burns defended his title in Australia he…

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