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12 Rounds in Lo’s Gym is the story of the author’s father, Mike “Lo” Snyder, a fifth generation West Virginia coal miner who opened a series of makeshift boxing gyms with the goal of providing local at-risk youth with the opportunities that eluded his adolescence. Taking these hardscrabble stories as his starting point, Snyder interweaves a history of the region, offering a smart analysis of the costs—both financial and cultural—of an economy built around extractive industries.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Prelude: Mountain Violence
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Part 1: Corner Men: The Eden Story of Lo’s Gym Boxing Club
  1. Chapter 1: Fighting Noah Milton
  2. pp. 9-24
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  1. Chapter 2: Tough Men
  2. pp. 25-40
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  1. Chapter 3: Lo's Gym
  2. pp. 41-56
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  1. Chapter 4: Flex and the Rumble on the Hill
  2. pp. 57-71
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  1. Chapter 5: Street Preacher
  2. pp. 72-94
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  1. Part 2: Counterpunchers: Parables of Coal Country Pugilism
  1. Chapter 6: The Unlikely Reincarnation Story of Rick Cogar
  2. pp. 97-115
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  1. Chapter 7: Jeremiah and the Three Bears
  2. pp. 116-132
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  1. Chapter 8: Ring Girls
  2. pp. 133-148
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  1. Chapter 9: Appalachian Underdogs of the Squared Circle
  2. pp. 149-166
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  1. Part 3: Split Decisions: Stories from the Championship Rounds
  1. Chapter 10: Prizefighters
  2. pp. 169-184
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  1. Chapter 11: Hillbilly Jefferson
  2. pp. 185-199
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  1. Chapter 12: Premature Stoppage
  2. pp. 200-218
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  1. Dedication: Fighting Naton Leslie
  2. pp. 219-222
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 223-228
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 229-232
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781946684141
Related ISBN
9781946684127
MARC Record
OCLC
1023398027
Pages
240
Launched on MUSE
2018-02-17
Language
English
Open Access
No
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