Joe Louis

Known as the Brown Bomber, Joe Louis defended his heavyweight title an astonishing twenty-five times. Through the 1930s, he got more column inches of newspaper coverage than President Roosevelt.

Author: Randy Roberts

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300168853

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 329

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A “humbling, inspiring . . . deeply emotional” biography of the boxing legend who held the heavyweight world championship for more than eleven years (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). Known as the Brown Bomber, Joe Louis defended his heavyweight title an astonishing twenty-five times. Through the 1930s, he got more column inches of newspaper coverage than President Roosevelt. At a time when the boxing ring was the only venue where black and white could meet on equal terms, Louis embodied Black America’s hope for dignity and equality. And in 1938, his politically charged defeat of German boxer Max Schmeling made Louis a national hero on the world stage. Through meticulous research and first-hand interviews, acclaimed biographer Randy Roberts presents a complete portrait of Louis and his outsized impact on sport and country. Digging beneath the simplistic narratives of heroism and victimization, Roberts reveals an athlete who carefully managed his public image, and whose relationships with both the black and white communities—including his relationships with mobsters—were deeply complex. “Roberts is a fine match with his subject. He supports with powerful evidence his contention that Louis’s impact was enormous and profound.” —The Boston Globe
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Joe Louis

When Joe Louis (1914–1981) knocked out the German boxer Max Schmeling in 1938 in two minutes and four seconds, the entire nation—black and white—celebrated the "fight of the century" as a victory of the United States against the ...

Author: Richard Bak

Publisher: Da Capo Press

ISBN: 030680879X

Category: Social Science

Page: 328

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When Joe Louis (1914–1981) knocked out the German boxer Max Schmeling in 1938 in two minutes and four seconds, the entire nation—black and white—celebrated the "fight of the century" as a victory of the United States against the ominous tide of Nazism. Never had an African-American received such universal praise across racial lines. Heavyweight champion for a record twelve years from 1937 to 1949, Louis opened the doors for such future black athletes as Jackie Robinson, Sugar Ray Robinson, and Muhammad Ali.Joe Louis depicts the prizefighter's life, and the times in which he lived, from his childhood in a sharecropper's cabin in Alabama and his formative years in Detroit, to his legendary career, his service in the Army, his stint as a professional wrestler after retiring from boxing in 1951, and his professional demise as an official greeter for a Las Vegas casino. Along the way, Richard Bak compassionately, yet evenhandedly, details Louis's private vices: incessant womanizing, reckless spending habits, massive debts to the IRS, and drug abuse. Filled with over one hundred photographs, including twenty-two in color, Joe Louis is the most comprehensive portrait yet written of one of the greatest African-American heroes who used his fists figuratively—and literally—to fight racism.
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Joe Louis

Pat was , however , the only father Joe ever really knew , and he was a good ,
God - fearing , hardworking man - an ... its racist philosophies and anti - black
practices , must have had some effect on the young Louis , most fans reason
aloud .

Author: Rugio Vitale

Publisher: Holloway House Publishing

ISBN: 0870675702

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 220

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A biography of the beloved heavyweight champion.
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Joe Louis

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Louis, as told to Meyer Berger and Barney Nagler, “Life Story of Joe Louis: His
First Fights,” New York Times, November 6, 1948, 18; Louis, My Life, 34. 28 Bak,
Joe ...

Author: Marcy S. Sacks

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136175015

Category: History

Page: 224

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This insightful study offers a fresh perspective on the life and career of champion boxer Joe Louis. The remarkable success and global popularity of the "Brown Bomber" made him a lightning rod for debate over the role and rights of African Americans in the United States. Historian Marcy S. Sacks traces both Louis’s career and the criticism and commentary his fame elicited to reveal the power of sports and popular culture in shaping American social attitudes. Supported by key contemporary documents, Joe Louis: Sports and Race in Twentieth-Century America is both a succinct introduction to a larger-than-life figure and an essential case study of the intersection of popular culture and race in the mid-century United States.
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Joe Louis

the ring name Joe Louis so his mother wouldn't find out he was boxing,” author
Chris Mead reported.3 That seems unlikely, as well, because Louis came clean
and admitted he had spurned the violin in favor of the violence pretty early on in ...

Author: Lew Freedman

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476602127

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 252

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Joe Louis held the heavyweight boxing championship longer than any other fighter and defended it a record 25 times. (In the 1930s and 1940s, the owner of the heavyweight title was the most prominent non-team sports competitor.) In addition, Louis helped bridge the gap of understanding between whites and blacks. During World War II he not only raised money for Army and Navy relief and entertained millions of troops as a morale officer, but became a symbol of American hope and strength. This biography of Louis outlines his rise from poverty in Alabama to become the best-known African American of his time and describes how an uneducated man, simple at his core, became so articulate and ended up on the side of right in the battles he fought, with fist or voice.
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Joe Louis

One reporter who did try to assess Louis's impact should he become champion
was Shirley Povich of the Washington Post, who revealed the lack of enthusiasm
for Louis on the eve of the championship fight: If, perchance, Joe Louis should ...

Author: Chris Mead

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486471822

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 330

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Known affectionately as "The Brown Bomber," Louis held the heavyweight boxing championship for a record 11 years. Acclaimed as "stunning" by Kirkus Reviews, this is perhaps the best biography of the popular pugilist, recounting his triumphs and tragedies against the background of America in the 1930s and '40s. Includes 14 photographs.
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Save Me Joe Louis

Author: Madison Smartt Bell

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781453235447

Category: Fiction

Page: 356

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Two small-time thieves get in over their heads in this literary thriller from the “virtuoso novelist” and author of Soldier’s Joy (The Philadelphia Inquirer). Not quite at home in the backwoods of Tennessee, and even less suited for the service, drifter Macrae lands on his feet in New York City in the 1980s. There, he teams up with a petty thief named Charlie, and the two hit on a scheme to rob people withdrawing money at ATMs. Caught up by their surprising success, they move on to bigger crimes. But as Macrae feels a growing discomfort with the increasing violence and danger of their hardscrabble existence, he wonders if he’s in too deep to make a clean break. With a tightly orchestrated and harrowing conclusion from “one of our most talented novelists . . . This meticulously observed story nevertheless grips us with its lucid prose, its keen psychological insights and the author’s respect for his troubled characters” (Publishers Weekly). “A remarkable read.” —The New York Times Book Review “Bell seems to know intimately the seedy sides of New York, Baltimore and the ex-urban south of housing developments and shopping centers abutting old, dying farms. He renders each locale exquisitely and seems as familiar with street jive as redneck vernacular.” —Los Angeles Times “Ripe for translation to the silver screen.” —Library Journal
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A Nation s Hope The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis

The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis Matt de la Peña ... Louis,Joe, 1914–1981
—Juvenile literature. 2. AfricanAmerican boxers—Biography—Juvenile literature.
I. Nelson, Kadir, ill. II. Title. GV1132.L6P46 2011 796.83092—dc22 [B] ...

Author: Matt de la Peña

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101641675

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

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On the eve of World War II, African American boxer Joe Louis fought German Max Schmeling in a bout that had more at stake than just the world heavyweight title; for much of America their fight came to represent America's war with Germany. This elegant and powerful picture book biography centers around the historic fight in which Black and White America were able to put aside prejudice and come together to celebrate our nation's ideals.
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Beyond Glory

Acclaimed journalist David Margolick takes us into the careers of both men — a black American and a Nazi German hero — and depicts the extraordinary buildup to their legendary 1938 rematch.

Author: David Margolick

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307482204

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 464

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Nothing in the annals of sports has aroused more passion than the heavyweight fights in New York in 1936 and 1938 between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling — bouts that symbolized the hopes, hatreds, and fears of a world moving toward total war. Acclaimed journalist David Margolick takes us into the careers of both men — a black American and a Nazi German hero — and depicts the extraordinary buildup to their legendary 1938 rematch. Vividly capturing the outpouring of emotion that the two fighters brought forth, Margolick brilliantly illuminates the cultural and social divisions that they came to represent. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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OK Joe

A disturbing novel based on the author's own diaries from World War II follows a Frenchman employed by the U.S. military to help document the crimes committed by American soldiers in France, offering a seldom-seen perspective on racism, GI ...

Author: Louis Guilloux

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226310572

Category: Fiction

Page: 121

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A disturbing novel based on the author's own diaries from World War II follows a Frenchman employed by the U.S. military to help document the crimes committed by American soldiers in France, offering a seldom-seen perspective on racism, GI culture, and American idealism. (Historical Fiction)
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Saving Joe Louis

What does a child do when his favourite rooster is to become Sunday dinner?

Author: Isabel Marvin

Publisher: Lmh Publishing

ISBN: 9766102333

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 28

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What does a child do when his favourite rooster is to become Sunday dinner? Omar played with someone every day. It was not a boy, and it was not a girl. Omar's best friend was a rooster named Joe Louis. Sometimes Omar pretended to be a rooster too. He clucked like Joe Louis. He walked like Joe Louis.
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Joe Louis

Author: Neil Scott

Publisher:

ISBN: IND:30000010410771

Category: Boxers (Sports)

Page: 126

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Fight of the Century

This is a revealing look at the history of race relations in the United States during the first half of the twentieth century portrayed through the lives and times of the first two African-American heavyweight boxing champions, Jack Johnson ...

Author: Thomas R. Hietala

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317470625

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 398

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This is a revealing look at the history of race relations in the United States during the first half of the twentieth century portrayed through the lives and times of the first two African-American heavyweight boxing champions, Jack Johnson and Joe Louis. Incorporating extensive research into the black press of the time, the author explores how the public careers and private lives of these two sports figures both define and explain vital national issues from the early 1900s to the late 1940s.
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Joe Louis

A biography of the boxing champion who became a symbol of achievement, first for African Americans, and then for all Americans

Author: Robert Lipsyte

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

ISBN: 0060234105

Category: Boxers (Sports)

Page: 92

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A biography of the boxing champion who became a symbol of achievement, first for African Americans, and then for all Americans
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Joe Louis the Brown Bomber

The life story of Joe Louis, heavyweight champion boxer, with the complete history of his career in the ring.

Author: Bill Libby

Publisher: William Morrow & Company

ISBN: 0688519687

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 224

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The life story of Joe Louis, heavyweight champion boxer, with the complete history of his career in the ring.
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Champion Joe Louis

Given all the wanton carelessness of athletes, coaches and others in past seasons, this book is a timely look at the concept of fandom in America at a time when the stakes were much higher and contract prices much lower.

Author: Chris Mead

Publisher: Robson Books Limited

ISBN: 0860518485

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 330

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From 1935 to 1947 Joe Louis, who took the World Heavy-weight Championship from James Braddock on June 22, 1937, was the best known black in America. This stirring sports history is an exciting retelling of an important chapter in the story of boxing and a compelling view of an era in social history.
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In Black White

IN BLACK AND WHITE will tell, for the first time, the story of the shared political legacy, extraordinary personal links and enduring friendship between 4-times Olympic gold medallist Jesse Owens, and Heavyweight World Boxing Champion Joe ...

Author: Donald McRae

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Limited

ISBN: 0743207610

Category: African American athletes

Page: 415

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Jesse Owens and Joe Louis have been hailed as American icons for the last sixty-five years, yet they were unfailingly human in everything they achieved and endured: as vulnerable as they were courageous; as troubled as they were brilliant; as restless in themselves as they are now rooted in history. IN BLACK AND WHITE will tell, for the first time, the story of the shared political legacy, extraordinary personal links and enduring friendship between 4-times Olympic gold medallist Jesse Owens, and Heavyweight World Boxing Champion Joe Louis, black athletes born in an America demeaned by racism and poverty.
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