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Owens ‘Rocketed’ to Third Gold in Berlin

The New York Times celebrates multiple American wins in the men's track and field events at the 1936 Olympics, including Jesse Owens's third gold medal.

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    New York Times
  • Date
    August 1936
  • Section
    Front page
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Note the dramatic language in the article “Owens Completes Triple As 5 Olympic Marks Fall”: Owens “rocketed” to a win, the spectators were “disconsolate,” an event was “the greatest.” How does the tone of this article compare with other articles on the front page? What might account for the differences?

Other articles on this front page report on developments in the Spanish Civil War and tensions between the American Federation of Labor and the Committee for Industrial Organization, the forerunner of the Congress of Industrial Organizations.

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