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Who Was Jesse Owens?

James Buckley, Jr.

At the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics, track and field star Jesse Owens ran himself straight into international glory by winning four gold medals. But the life of Jesse Owens is much more than a sports story. Born in rural Alabama under the oppressive Jim Crow laws, Owens's family suffered many hardships. As a boy he worked several jobs like delivering groceries and working in a shoe repair shop to make ends meet. But Owens defied the odds to become a sensational student athlete, eventually running track for Ohio State. He was chosen to compete in the Summer Olympics in Nazi Germany where Adolf Hitler was promoting the idea of "Aryan superiority." Owens's winning streak at the games humiliated Hitler and crushed the myth of racial supremacy once and for all. From the Trade Paperback edition.

At the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics, track and field star Jesse Owens ran himself straight into international glory by winning four gold medals. But the life of Jesse Owens is much more than a sports story. Born in rural Alabama under the oppressive Jim Crow laws, Owens's family suffered many hardships. As a boy he worked several jobs like delivering groceries and working in a shoe repair shop to make ends meet. But Owens defied the odds to become a sensational student athlete, eventually running track for Ohio State. He was chosen to compete in the Summer Olympics in Nazi Germany where Adolf Hitler was promoting the idea of "Aryan superiority." Owens's winning streak at the games humiliated Hitler and crushed the myth of racial supremacy once and for all. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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At the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics, track and field star Jesse Owens ran himself straight into international glory by winning four gold medals. But the life of Jesse Owens is much more than a sports story. Born in rural Alabama under the oppressive Jim Crow laws, Owens's family suffered many hardships. As a boy he worked several jobs like delivering groceries and working in a shoe repair shop to make ends meet. But Owens defied the odds to become a sensational student athlete, eventually running track for Ohio State. He was chosen to compete in the Summer Olympics in Nazi Germany where Adolf Hitler was promoting the idea of "Aryan superiority." Owens's winning streak at the games humiliated Hitler and crushed the myth of racial supremacy once and for all. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Charles Constant

Length:

55m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:19


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:23


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:18


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:35


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:41


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:14


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:05


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:45


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:11


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:57


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:34


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

01:39


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:00


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

00:32