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John L. Sullivan Fights America

Wednesday 30 April 2014 at 18:04

In 1883, the Irish-American heavy-weight boxing champion John L. Sullivan embarked on an unprecedented coast-to-coast tour of the United States offering a prize to any man who could endure four rounds with him in the ring. Christopher Klein tells of this remarkable journey and how the railroads and the rise of the popular press proved instrumental in forging Sullivan into America's first sports superstar.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/2014/04/30/john-l-sullivan-fights-america/