Who Was Jesse Owens?

Who Was Jesse Owens?

By James Buckley Jr.

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Book 105 of 216 in the  Who Was Book Series
Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grade 6n/a5.97287
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.
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
ISBN-13: 9780448483078
ISBN-10: 0448483076
Published on 8/11/2015
Binding: Paperback
Number of pages: 112

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I give this book a 4 star, Its about Jesse Owens and what he did to make a world a better place, this book gives a lot of facts about Jesse and what running did for him. I made one connection and that is when he described running as being free to do what you want, and that's kind of true because when you run you can stop go turn and do whatever you want.