|About the Book|
This book tells the AMAZING story of American-slave, Sylvie Dubois. Her own admission was that she had a name, but not a spelling (like cattle). She proved to be an intelligent and resourceful person who made herself quite valuable for her FrenchMoreThis book tells the AMAZING story of American-slave, Sylvie Dubois. Her own admission was that she had a name, but not a spelling (like cattle). She proved to be an intelligent and resourceful person who made herself quite valuable for her French slave Master. She became a bouncer at his tavern/hotel for which she was famed for her storytelling ability. She could also fight guys who became drunkenly abusive. At times, in her 20s and 30s, she was probably bigger and stronger than the English bare-knuckle heavyweight champion of the moment... The book includes Black heavyweight boxing history from the 1880s with the 1st gloved champion, Morris Grant, to Charles Hadley, George Godfrey, Peter Jackson, Frank Childs and Jack Johnson. The VILLAIN of this book throughout was the long-time undefeated White heavyweight Champion, John L. Sullivan. His alcoholism accompanied White supremacy views. But eventually, long after his professional prizefighting career, he stopped drinking and developed a complicated relationship with heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson. When the FIGHT-OF-THE-CENTURY finally occurred, July 4th, 1910, between Johnson and former undefeated White heavyweight champion, James Jeffries, Sullivan found personal redemption by declaring himself officially neutral, May the best man win...... The book contains the stories of Irish pugilist, James Elliott, murdered in 1883- boxing in Tombstone, Arizona during the 1880s along with the Native-Americans trying to survive White detainment and slow extinction- an 1885 FREEZING Montreal bout between White lightweights Billy Hawkins and Jack Moriarty- and finally the greatest boxing US President, Theodore Roosevelts life and legacy..... While the book contains ugly aspects of American history and brutal prizefights it is meant to be inspiring and not negative upon its conclusion. History can seem old and there is much reminder of an old book or visit to museum for ancient artifacts, but it should remain contemporary for 2015 because times change but not people. I write about the process of becoming a boxing historian and aesthetics of writing about people dead more than 100 years. For me, they are ALIVE, every person in the book is ALIVE and hope they feel the same for the reader.... I extend special thanks to Parisian artist, Sylvie Allard for her cover drawing- Polish born illustrator, Lidia Rybczyriski, for formatting the cover with rustic paper design- and Saudi Arabian artist, Tahani Al-Briki for usage of her African art to assist with Sylvies story. Sylvie is the STAR of the book but anyone who has ever lived, whether they made the cut for the book or not, was the star of their own world.