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FMU history professor publishes book on race and boxing

Francis Marion University assistant professor of history Andrew Lindsay has published his first book, “Boxing in Black and White: A Statistical Study of Boxing and Race in America, 1949-1983.”

Lindsay will sign copies of the book at the Florence Public Library, located at 509 S. Dargan St., on Monday, Dec. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

The book is a statistical study asking whether or not white American sports fans still feel any residual interest in a “Great White Hope,” a Caucasian fighter who could win the World Heavyweight Title.

“I used various statistical measures to analyze whether or not white heavyweights in recent decades have been fast-tracked to the title ahead of more deserving black fighters,” Lindsay said. “More than 100 boxers, black and white, were studied, including many famous names, to see if white heavyweights with potential have an easier time climbing the ranks of the heavyweight division and fighting for the championship.”

The book is published by McFarland Publishers of North Carolina, and can be obtained through the company’s website,

Lindsay is currently researching a second book, about college football rivalries and their meaning and importance to Americans.

Lindsay, a native of Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, joined the FMU faculty this fall. He received the B.P.H.E. and B.Ed. degrees from the University of Toronto, the M.H.K. degree from the University of Windsor, and the Ph.D. degree in history from the University of Toledo.

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Last Published: December 16, 2004 9:25 AM
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