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View Coverage of Jesse Owens’s Feats at 1936 Olympics

In conjunction with the release of "Race," we have pulled together nine front pages with stories about African-American track star Jesse Owens's triumphs at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Germany.

Feb. 16, 2016

German Newspaper

Volkischer Beobachter

Jesse Owens at the Berlin Olympics

San Francisco Chronicle

Owens' Olympic Record Tossed Out

The Baltimore News-Post

Jesse Owens in Berlin

The Cleveland Press










Baltimore News-Post

The Baltimore News-Post

Jesse Owens' Success at the Berlin Olympics

The Chicago Daily Tribune

Jesse Owens Smashes Olympic Records, Donates Trees

Lancaster Eagle Gazette

Owens ‘Rocketed’ to Third Gold in Berlin

The New York Times










German Paper: Gold for USA, Record for Owens

Volkischer Beobachter










Owens won four gold medals — in the 100m, 200m, long jump and 4x100m relay — and broke or equaled nine Olympic records and set three world records. He was one of 312 U.S. athletes, including 17 African Americans, who participated in the Summer Games, which Nazi leader Adolf Hitler hoped would showcase his theory of Aryan racial superiority. (Click on the newspaper to see a larger image and get additional details.)

For curriculum material on Jesse Owens and “Race,” from BrazenED, click here.

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