Champion--Joe Louis, Black Hero in White America


Author: Chris Mead
Publisher: Viking Press
ISBN: N.A
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 330
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Traces the life and career of the Black, world heavyweight champion boxer, describes public attitudes towards him, and looks at how he paved the way for other Black athletes

My Life Story, by Joe Louis


Author: Joe Louis,Chester L. Washington,Haskell Cohen
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Boxers (Sports)
Page: 188
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Joe Louis


Author: Randy Roberts
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300168853
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

Joe Louis, My Champion


Author: William Miller
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 32
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An African-American boy idolises world champion prize-fighter Joe Louis as a boxer and a role model.

Joe Louis


Author: Rugio Vitale
Publisher: Holloway House Publishing
ISBN: 9780870675706
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 220
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A biography of Joe Louis describing his youth in a Detroit ghetto, his rise to heavyweight champion and major sports hero, and his role in destroying the myth of racial inferiority.

Joe Louis

Sports and Race in Twentieth-Century America
Author: Marcy S. Sacks
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136175016
Category: Performing Arts
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.

Joe Louis

The Great Black Hope
Author: Richard Bak
Publisher: Da Capo Press
ISBN: 9780306808791
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.

Joe Louis

The Life of a Heavyweight
Author: Lew Freedman
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476602123
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.

Im Sog der Politik: Die Boxkämpfe von Joe Louis und Max Schmeling in den Jahren 1936 und 1938


Author: Michael Wollny
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 363828817X
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 123
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Magisterarbeit aus dem Jahr 2004 im Fachbereich Amerikanistik - Kultur und Landeskunde, Note: 2,0, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Amerika-Institut), Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: [...] In dieser Arbeit sollen, vor der politischen Kulisse, die Charaktere der beiden Boxer und damit deren Umgang mit den brisanten Geschehnissen der damaligen Zeit beleuchtet werden. Dabei wird die Interaktion der entscheidenden Faktoren analysiert die 1938 schließlich in einer sportlichen Farce kulminieren. Es wird verdeutlicht werden, dass sich weder Joe Louis noch Max Schmeling bei der leidenschaftlichen Ausführung ihres Sports freiwillig als Zugpferde für Lobbyisten oder irgendeine Art von Propaganda einspannen lassen wollten und sich dennoch einer jeweiligen Parteinahme nicht völlig entziehen konnten. Die Begegnungen zwischen Joe Louis und Max Schmeling in den Jahren 1936 und 1938 haben zweifelsohne ihren Platz in der Sporthistorie gefunden. Diese Arbeit zeigt die Gründe dafür auf, warum Joe Louis bis zum heutigen Tage von vielen als der beste Schwergewichtsweltmeister aller Zeiten gehandelt wird, zuweilen noch vor der Lichtgestalt Muhammad Ali und warum der an ihn gerichtete Vorwurf eines Uncle Tom nicht haltbar ist. Aber es hat auch seine Berechtigung, warum Max Schmeling, nach fast sieben Jahrzehnten, die seit seinen Kämpfen gegen Louis vergangen sind, im stolzen Alter von 99 Jahren immer noch als fester Bestandteil, als ein Meilenstein deutscher Sportgeschichte gilt und auch in den USA immer noch eine große Fangemeinde mobilisieren kann. Die Gründe für die Popularität dieser Sportler erscheinen nicht allein im Fokus der damaligen populistischen Symbolik. Es bedarf vielmehr einer eingehenden Betrachtung der Nebenschauplätze und der Art und Weise, wie Joe Louis und Max Schmeling mit der politischen Brisanz umgingen, um festzustellen, dass ihre Begegnungen mehr zu bieten hatten als den immerwährenden Kampf zwischen Gut und Böse und dass es aus der Sicht beider eben diesen Kampf zwischen ihnen letztendlich nie gegeben hatte. Auch wenn diese Arbeit in erster Linie den zweiten Louis-Schmeling- Kampf beleuchtet, macht es die Komplexität der Ereignisse von 1938 unerlässlich, zum besseren Verständnis vorab die biografischen Hintergründe der beiden Boxer herauszuarbeiten. Dabei wird auf die politischen und gesellschaftlichen Entwicklungen in Amerika und Deutschland Bezug genommen. Die ersten Anzeichen einer Verstrickung von Sport und internationaler Politik werden bei Louis’ Kampf gegen Primo Carnera und vor allem im Rahmen des ersten Louis-Schmeling-Kampfes erkennbar gemacht. [...]

Joe Louis

Black Champion in White America
Author: Chris Mead
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486471829
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.

Save Me, Joe Louis


Author: Madison Smartt Bell
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1453235442
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

A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis

The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis
Author: Matt de la Peña
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101641673
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 48
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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.

Joe Louis

A Picture Story of His Life
Author: Neil Scott
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Boxers (Sports)
Page: 126
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The Life of Joe Louis in His Own Words - With a Fight Report of Joe Louis Versus Tommy Farr


Author: Joe Louis
Publisher: Crawford Press
ISBN: 1447437365
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 210
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This book contains classic material dating back to the 1900s and before. The content has been carefully selected for its interest and relevance to a modern audience.

Beyond Glory

Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling, and a World on the Brink
Author: David Margolick
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307482200
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.

Joe Louis

A Champ for All America
Author: Robert Lipsyte
Publisher: HarperTrophy
ISBN: 9780064461559
Category: Afro-Americans
Page: 96
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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.

Joe Louis

50 Years an American Hero
Author: Joe Louis Barrow,Barbara Munder
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
ISBN: 9780070039568
Category: Boxers (Sports)
Page: 270
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The son of the legendary "Brown Bomber" presents the surprising private side of the fighter, weaving into the account reminiscences from siblings, former wives, trainers, opponents, and sportswriters.

Joe Louis


Author: Robert E. Jakoubek
Publisher: Chelsea House
ISBN: N.A
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 127
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A biography of Joe Louis describing his youth in a Detroit ghetto, his rise to heavyweight champion and major sports hero, and his role in destroying the myth of racial inferiority.

Fight of the Century

Jack Johnson, Joe Louis, and the Struggle for Racial Equality
Author: Thomas R. Hietala
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317470621
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.