October 29, 1929, some may know it as Black Tuesday, others know it as an important date in history but those who lived it know it as the day that changed their lives for many years to come. James J. Braddock said, “I have to believe that when things are bad i can change them.”. When the Great Depression began, Braddock lost all his money, job. But his hope and pride was something he had never fell short of. His family supported him no matter what, never lost their hopes on him. This helped Braddock a lot while he was fighting. At hard times he thought of his family and remembered the hard conditions and times they have been through, his moral at fighting increased. He had pride and hope for everything. H e never gave up on himself and his family.
Despite a broken hand and the hatred crowd brought upon him, he never hesitated to do his best on the rink while fighting towards the strongest man on the boxing business. Johnston fired Braddock as the great depression hit, leaving JJB with nothing to come home with. Their money was on tight conditions but when his son Howard came home with a stolen salami, he didn’t think twice on giving it back. He could’ve kept it because they were starving but instead he went back and gave the salami and apologized.
Mae Braddock, Jim’s wife, loved her husband very much, rich or poor she wanted no one other than James J. Braddock. They had three children, James, Howard and Rosie. When one of their children got sick, she decided to send them away to her sister so that they could keep on eye on him and they could be safer. Jim disagreed with Mae’s decision and decided to consult his former boxing buddies for help to pay the bills in order to make their home a safer environment for the kids. Although Mae knew people frowned upon asking others for money, she stood by Jim careless to what others would say.
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