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Jesse Owens Olympic 200 meter run...



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August 7, 1936

LEOMINSTER DAILY ENTERPRISE, New York, August 7, 1936 
 
* Jesse Owens long jump made 
* Olympic games in Berlin Germany 
* Adolph Hitler in power at the time
 

This 8 page newspaper has a two column photo on page 5 with caption: "AS JESSE SMASHED JUMP RECORD"

Other news of the day throughout.
 
Light browning with little spine wear, otherwise in nice condition.
 

wikipedia notes: In 1936 Owens arrived in Berlin to compete for the United States in the Summer Olympics. Adolf Hitler was using the games to show the world a resurgent Nazi Germany. He and other government officials had high hopes German athletes would dominate the games with victories (the German athletes did indeed achieve a top of the table medal haul). Meanwhile, Nazi propaganda promoted concepts of "Aryan racial superiority" and depicted ethnic Africans as inferior.

Owens surprised many by winning four gold medals on August 3, 1936 the 100m sprint, defeating Ralph Metcalfe; on August 4, the long jump, alleging friendly and helpful advice from German competitor Lutz Long (though Guy Walter would dispute this event- see below) G; on August 5, the 200m dash; and, after he was added to the 4 x 100m relay team, his fourth on August 9 (his performance wasn't duplicated until Carl Lewis won gold medals in the same events at the 1984 Summer Olympics).

On the first day, Hitler shook hands only with the German victors and then left the stadium (some claim this was to avoid having to shake hands with Cornelius Johnson, who was African-American, while a Nazi spokesman claimed that Hitler's exit had been pre-scheduled). Olympic committee officials then insisted Hitler greet each and every medalist or none at all. Hitler opted for the latter and skipped all further medal presentations.[4][5] On reports that Hitler had deliberately avoided acknowledging his victories, and had refused to shake his hand, Owens recounted:[6]
Jesse Owens on the podium after winning the long jump at the 1936 Olympics
Jesse Owens on the podium after winning the long jump at the 1936 Olympics
      When I passed the Chancellor he arose, waved his hand at me, and I waved back at him. I think the writers showed bad taste in criticizing the man of the hour in Germany.      

Owens was cheered enthusiastically by 110,000 people in Berlin's Olympic Stadium and later ordinary Germans sought his autograph when they saw him in the streets. Owens was allowed to travel with and stay in the same hotels as whites, an irony at the time given that Negroes in the United States were denied equal rights. After a New York ticker-tape parade in his honor, Owens had to ride the freight elevator to attend a reception for him at the Waldorf-Astoria

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