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By Jack Rummel

Chronicles the lifetime of the heavyweight boxing champion, from his early years to his draft resistance via his outstanding boxing occupation which demonstrated him as one of many maximum combatants of all time.

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Founded in 1931 by Elijah Muhammad, the group follows a philosophy that is largely based on the teachings of Muhammad, the seventh-century founder of the religion of Islam. The Nation of Islam also preaches the doctrine of independence and self-help for black Americans. RELIGIOUS CHANGE In the early 1960s, the Nation of Islam advocated total separation of black and white Americans. The group, whose members are called Black Muslims, labeled whites as “devils” who were responsible for the plight of blacks all around the world.

The birth control pill, widely available for the first time in the early 1960s, heralded a new era of sexual freedom. Old and established moral certainties were being challenged everywhere. Yet it was the Vietnam War more than anything else that symbolized to a generation of rebellious Americans what had gone wrong with their country. By 1967, Americans no longer saw the conflict in Vietnam as a minor skirmish at the edge of the civilized world. S. government was spending $2 billion a month on the war and had 450,000 troops stationed in Vietnam.

His words and deeds had been denounced and encouraged, explained and analyzed, in every major language of the world. Every other week, it seemed, he had a new prediction in verse about the state of the world or the fate of his next opponent in the ring. Ali loved his star status and went out of his way to stir up controversy. He courted other celebrities and notable figures— persons as diverse as the popular wrestler Gorgeous George and the British mathematician and philosopher Bertrand Russell.

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