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Jesse Owens

Updated: Apr 10, 2020

As a typical teenager, I do not recall paying much attention to what was going on in world events. Most folks during this period had not traveled more than about 60 miles from their birthplace and their interests were correspondingly local.


I do not remember any global world affairs discussion in school until after Pearl Harbor. I do remember people discussing Adolph Hitler’s being upset by Jessie Owen’s performance in the 1936 Olympics. Yes, we heard of Germany invading Poland but it was too remote and European to attract much attention among my family or friends.


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