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Jesse Owens and the 1936
5 main ideas of the text
The united states were undecided whether to participate or boycott. While some comities agreed it was better to don't participate, the president which later they found out was very racist said that politics should not interfere with athletic events. There was a problem with African American athletes because in the US they were experiencing a lot of discrimination.
African American athlets used the Olympics as a way of protesting against the nazi regime proving them that their belief of white supriority was wrong and also against people in the US challenging their white supermacy
The nazi's belief in white superiority was not a secret. Hitler hoped the Aryan race athletes would
prove the mythology by winning gold medals. Jewish german athletes were not allowed to compete and Jewish athletes from other countries were dissuaded from participating.
A brief biography of Jesse Owens life, and how in every moment of his life, no matter how much he suceed, he had always been descriminated because of his skin color.
When the Nazis were preparing for the Olympic games, all the hateful and bad propaganda was hidden for those two weeks so they could show the world the nazi regime as a positive light.
With the United States being segregated and under the Jim Crow Laws, what did the Olympic Games mean
for Owens? (Explain what the Jim Crow Law was)
For Owens competing in the Olympic games meant a form of protest. Their success would not only prove to the nazi regime that their belief in white superiority was wrong but also against people in the US challenging their white supremacy by discrimination and the Jim Crow laws.
What are the Jim Crow laws?
The Jim Crow laws were a collection of state and local statutes that legalized racial segregation. it was named after a Black minstrel show character, and started the laws which existed for about 100 years, marginalized African Americans by denying them the right to vote, hold jobs, get an education, or other opportunities.