Jesse Owens: A Life in American History

by
F. Erik Brooksauthor
Kevin M. Jonesauthor
Jesse Owens: A Life in American History

20211130

ABC-CLIO

Pages 200
Topics African Americans at Predominately White Colleges During the 1930s;Athletic Rivals;Death and Legacy;Great Migration from Deep South States to Northern States;Growing Up in Alabama in the Early 1900s;The 1936 Summer Olympics;Personal Hardships;Spirituality;The Struggle for Jobs and Equality

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Jesse Owens: A Life in American History

Author(s): Brooks, F.; Jones, Kevin;
Contributors: Brooks, F.; Jones, Kevin;
Abstract:

A compelling resource for sports enthusiasts, Jesse Owens: A Life in American History places the life and athletic accomplishments of Jesse Owens within the context of race and American history in the early 20th century.

The year 2020 marks the 40th anniversary of the death of one of the greatest track and field athletes in intercollegiate and Olympic history. This book examines Jesse Owens' upbringing, religious and spiritual life, and collegiate years and includes an examination of race, politics, and Nazi Germany as a backdrop to the 1936 Olympics. It also considers Owens' personal economic hardships after his triumph at the Olympic Games, his death, and his legacy.

This biography series title will appeal to general readers, history buffs, and sports enthusiasts. Chapters are organized around the major developments in Jesse Owens' life, from his birth in Oakville, Alabama in 1913 to his death in Tucson, Arizona in 1980, and all of his groundbreaking athletic achievements in between. Primary source documents, sidebars, a timeline, and a bibliography provide valuable additional information for readers. The final chapter, "Why Jesse Owens Matters," explores his cultural and historical significance.


  • Provides readers with an understanding of race, politics, amateur athletics, and the 1936 summer Olympic Games
  • Demonstrates how pivotal moments in the life of Jesse Owens worked together to make him a champion
  • Shows the importance of family, coaches, and friends in Owens' life and career
  • Illustrates the importance of Owens' performance in the Berlin Olympics and how it created a platform for other African American athletes

SortTitle: jesse owens: a life in american history
Keyword(s): African Americans at Predominately White Colleges During the 1930s; Athletic Rivals; Death and Legacy; Great Migration from Deep South States to Northern States; Growing Up in Alabama in the Early 1900s; The 1936 Summer Olympics; Personal Hardships; Spirituality; The Struggle for Jobs and Equality
Author Info:
F. Erik Brooksauthor
Kevin M. Jonesauthor
eISBN-13: 9781440873836
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Print ISBN-13: 9781440873829
Imprint: ABC-CLIO
Pages: 200
Publication Date: 20211130
Series: Black History Lives