Jesse Owens

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Jesse Owens



Jesse Owens

SS5H5 The student will explain how the Great Depression and New Deal affected the lives of millions of Americansc. Discuss important cultural elements of the 1930s; include Duke Ellington, Margaret Mitchell, and Jesse Owens.


Berlin Olympics '36

As a young boy Jesse Owens was lightning fast. His elementary school gym teacher noticed Jesse's incredible speed after a short race in gym class. A track star at East Technical High School in Cleveland, OH, Jesse set the world record in the 100 yard dash with a time of 9.4 seconds. Jesse continued his record-setting ways At Ohio State University.

"We all have dreams, but in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort."

In 1936 the Olympic Games was held in Berlin, Germany. At the time, Adolf Hitler was the leader in Germany and the Nazi movement. Hitler tried to use the Olympic games to prove that the German race was superior to all other ethnicities. Jesse put to rest those claims as he stole the show by winning four gold medals - an Olympic record that stood until 1984. His victory allowed him to travel with and stay at the same hotel as white people. It was definitely a good start to the equal rights movement.

'36 Olympics

Sep. 12, 13'- Mar 31, 80'

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