Teach PA History
Pennsylvania Boxing : Living the American Dream
Background Information for Teachers

Web Sites

Bernard Hopkins

The official website for "The Executioner", Bernard Hopkins, is full of statistics, personal and professional information, and images of one of the greatest fighters to come out of Philadelphia.

Joe Palooka-Don Markstein's Toonapedia

A vast repository of cartoon knowledge, this website gives information about creation and life of Joe Palooka as a comic strip.

Philly Boxing History


This site gives summary information about the cast, plot, and production of the original Rocky.

What is the American Dream?

In this background essay for a Library of Congress lesson plan, a variety of interpretations of "the American Dream" are explored


Rocky, 1976
Written by Sylvester Stallone
Directed by John G. Avildsen

The story of a boxer down on his luck who gets a title bout with the champ and fights to the end.

Ali, 2001
Story: Gregory Allen Howard
Screenplay: Stephen J. Rivele
Directed by Michael Mann

The life story of Muhammad Ali: it chronicles his rise in the world of boxing, the struggles that he confronted and the opponents he fought.

Million Dollar Baby, 2004
Written by Paul Haggis
Directed by Clint Eastwood

It this is the story of an under-appreciated boxing trainer, his elusive past and his quest for atonement in helping an underdog female boxer achieve her dream of becoming a professional.

Cinderella Man, 2005
Written by Cliff Hollingsworth
Directed by Ron Howard

The story of James Braddock, a boxer who came back to become a champion and an inspiration after professional, personal, and financial struggles.