The Twisted Tale of a Racist Law Still on the Books

The Twisted Tale of a Racist Law Still on the Books

\" \" Heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson is seen with his first wife Etta. The Mann Act has been used in many ways over the more than a century that it's been on the books. The most nefarious example of that came in 1913, when heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson was charged with, and eventually found guilty of, violating the law. Johnson's victory sparked race riots throughout the nation and it was, many believe, instrumental in his eventual prosecution under the Mann Act. \"Today I've issued an executive grant of clemency, a full pardon, posthumously, to John Arthur 'Jack' Johnson ...

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