cinderella man

Topics: James J. Braddock, Cinderella Man, Tuffy Griffiths Pages: 52 (29170 words) Published: September 13, 2014
Cinderella Man
Written By
MARC CERASINI
Based on the Motion Picture Screenplay By
CLIFF HOLLINGSWORTH and AKIVA GOLDSMAN
Motion Picture Story By
CLIFF HOLLINGSWORTH

Level 4
R e t o l d by Paul Shipton
Series Editors: A n d y Hopkins and Jocelyn Potter

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ISBN-10: 1-4058-0642-7
ISBN-13: 978-1-4058-0642-8

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Introduction

V

Chapter 1

A Lucky Man

1

Chapter 2

Hard Times

7

Chapter 3

An Embarrassment

12

Chapter 4

A New Life

16

Chapter 5

Broken Promises

20

Chapter 6

One Fight Only

27

Chapter 7

Back in the Ring

31

Chapter 8

A Second Chance

36

Chapter 9

Not the Same Guy

41

Chapter 10

Night in the Park

46

Chapter 11

Face to Face with the Champion

49

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Chapter 12

The Big Day

54

Acknowledgement

Chapter 13

The Hopes of the Crowd

60

Photograph page: viii © ® Estate of James J. Braddock

Chapter 14

The Luckiest Man

65

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Introduction
As Jim Braddock stepped out into the bright lights, the crowd became silent. The ring seemed so far away. Between him and it were thousands of people—Jim's people. He knew the looks on their faces—people who saw no chance of a future. Some had spent their last dollar to be here, but tonight they all held their heads high. Their eyes followed him with the wild hope that the story of the Cinderella Man would have a happy ending.

The story of heavyweight boxer James J. Braddock—the
"Cinderella Man"—is a true one. It begins in New York City in the late 1920s. The 1920s had seen good times in the United
States. The rest of the world watched as taller and taller buildings were built in cities like New York. More and more Americans
were buying Henry Ford's cars, and Hollywood was making
movies that were seen around the world. In the country's big cities, it was a time of new fashions, new machines, and exciting new music.
President Herbert Hoover thought that the good times would
never end, but he was wrong. The country was producing more
than it needed, and many historians believe that this was the cause of the problem. There were still many poor people in the United States—almost half the population—and these people couldn't afford to buy new things. At the same time, the country's rich people couldn't continue to buy things they already owned. The end came suddenly, in October 1929, when the whole system

crashed. The economy failed, banks closed, families around the country lost their money, and millions of people lost their jobs and their homes. In 1932, the country voted for a popular new president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who worked hard to solve the country's problems. There were no quick answers, though—in

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1933, there were 15 million people without jobs in the country, one in every four working people—and the 1930s continued to be hard for many Americans.
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