Jesse Owens's Impact on America Deja Harper

by showcasing his talents at the olympics, jesse Owens proved critics wrong, displayed mental fortitude, and united citizens.

Berlin Olympics 1936: Hitler unveiled his "Supreme Aryan Race", which was expected to take gold in all events. Athletes were warned against attending the Olympics, because officials believed it would send the message that they supported Hitler's regime. Also, the other countries disapproved of black athletes being used.

jesse owens and ludwig "luz" long, a german long jumper who befriended OWens.

Despite the rumors, Jesse won four gold medals. He set the record for the 200-meter race and broad jump, and tied for the 100-meter race.

Although he made history for America, he still was subject to Jim Crow laws when he returned home. At his own celebration party, he wasn't permitted to go through the front door. Also, President Roosevelt never acknowledged him.

Americans all had one goal: to beat Hitler. His success enraged Hitler, but brought a one hundred-thousand person standing ovation in Berlin. Owens brought improvement in the reputation of blacks in the States. For young African Americans of the time, he was an example of a "rags to riches" story.

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