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Jesse Owens
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Length: 52:53
Aired: 5/1/2012

On April 2, 1936, when the 22-year-old son of a sharecropper entered the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, he was barely able to control his anger in the face of Nazi racism. But instead of letting himself be distracted, the young athlete channeled his raw emotions into one of the most remarkable achievements in athletic history: four gold medals in two days. Beginning in the poor Cleveland neighborhood where Owens grew up, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE details his early career; describes Adolf Hitler’s outsized ambitions for the 1936 Olympics; explores the movement in Western democracies to boycott the event; and explains the pressures on Owens to attend. The film also reveals the unlikely relationship Owens struck up at the games with his German rival, and explores why, despite his success in Germany, Owens struggled to find a place for himself in a United States that was still wrestling with its own deeply entrenched racism. watch

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American Experience Volume 3
American Experience Volume 3 [HD]
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Year Title Description
2012 Jim Rome on Showtime: Episode
Season 1, Episode 4
Episode, Guest
2012 Connected With Jason Whitlock TV Show Series, Guest
2011 Connected With Jason Whitlock TV Show Series, Appearing
2005 Sixties TV Show Series, Remarks by
1926 Tramp, Tramp, Tramp Movie, Director

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