The Battle of the Century: Jack Johnson, Jim Jeffries, and Visions of Race War

Editor’s Note: Much has been written about the Johnson-Jeffries fight. The following post is an excerpt from Stephen Ayres’ undergraduate history thesis from the University College London (2014). It serves as a reminder of “the Battle of the Century” and demonstrates the potential of undergraduate sport history students to use their research to engage the public.…

Dancing Oriental: Performance & Culture in the Early 20th Century

By Aishwarya Ramachandran Postcolonial theorist Edward Said suggested that defining the West through history requires acknowledging the Orient and the special place it holds in the Western experience.[1] The concept of Orientalism, in particular, has accompanied the notion that “the East is a career,” and thus to be interested in the Orient was to have a…

LIONHEART! The Blogger That Saved His College Football Team

By Jon Hart It’s arguably the biggest turnaround in college football history. The Columbia Lions football team – who had a 44-game losing streak in the 80s – are winning. They finished this season at 8-2, earning second place in the Ivy League. In 2015, Columbia had yet another losing streak going, albeit just 24…

Review of Now with Kung Fu Grip!

Miracle, Jared. Now with Kung Fu Grip!: How Bodybuilders, Soldiers and a Hairdresser Reinvented Martial Arts for America: Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2016. 188 pp. $29.95 Paperback. Reviewed by Richard Ravalli As its attention-grabbing title implies, Jared Miracle’s Now with Kung Fu Grip!: How Bodybuilders, Soldiers and a Hairdresser Reinvented Martial Arts…

Muhammad Ali Yes, Trump No

This is a cross post in partnership with the U.S. Intellectual History Blog. It will appear there on Wednesday.  By Robert Fitzgerald, Guest Contributor At a recent rally in Huntsville, Alabama while stumping for Luther Strange, a Republican candidate for the Senate, President Trump said something that should concern everyone who cares about what it…