Who Was Jesse Owens?
Who Was Jesse Owens?  -     By: James Buckley
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Who Was Jesse Owens?

Full of adventure that will keep young children reading, Who Was Jesse Owens Perfect for middle-grade readers, this engaging book with help kids learn about the young man who grew up in rural Alabama under the oppression of the Jim Crow laws. Jesse overcame the hardships and prejudices to become an outstanding student athlete at Ohio State. He was chosen to compete in the Summer Olympics in Nazi Germany where he crushed the myth of Hitler's "Aryan Superiority".

Part of the Who is..."series of biographies for middle-grade readers. 104 pages, softcover. Grades 1-7.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 112
Vendor: Grosset & Dunlap
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 7.70 X 5.30 (inches)
ISBN: 0448483076
ISBN-13: 9780448483078
Ages: 8-12
Series: Who Was...?

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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.

Author Bio

James Buckley, Jr. has written more than 50 books for kids, including Who Was Ernest Shackleton?

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