Some history of athletics and civilization. The importance of athletics. Origins of boxing. Acknowledging the contributions of the Greeks to making the athlete immortal in stone and bronze. The modern Olympics. The unfortunate battles between the athletes in Olympic Games. The influence of athletics upon the civilization of our modern times. Sportsmanship in modern athletics from England. A look at 1890, when John L. Sullivan visited England. Details and anecdotes of that visit. Sullivan bringing American culture to England. Another Sullivan story from 1896 in Nevada. More stories of famous names in boxing: Jack Johnson; Tommy Burns; Jess Willard; Jack Dempsey; Joe Louis. Raising the standing of boxing. A discussion comparing Dempsey and Louis.
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