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Jesse Owens, American Athlete

 
 
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Jesse Owens was an African American track-and-field star famous for his performance at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Before the eyes of the Nazi leadership, who had hoped to use the games as a source of propaganda for Aryan nationalism, Owens claimed 4 gold medals and set records that lasted for more than 20 years. He later recounted, "When I came back to my native country, after all the stories about Hitler, I couldn't ride in the front of the bus."

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Jesse Owens was an African American track-and-field star famous for his performance at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Before the eyes of the Nazi leadership, who had hoped to use the games as a source of propaganda for Aryan nationalism, Owens claimed 4 gold medals and set records that lasted for more than 20 years. He later recounted, "When I came back to my native country, after all the stories about Hitler, I couldn't ride in the front of the bus." More new window

 
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