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Joe Louis : sports and race in twentieth-century America

Author: Marcy S Sacks
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2018. ©2018
Series: Routledge historical Americans.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Sacks, Marcy S.
Joe Louis.
New York : Routledge, [2018]
(DLC) 2017060651
Named Person: Joe Louis; Joe Louis
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marcy S Sacks
ISBN: 9780415895644 0415895642 9780415895651 0415895650
OCLC Number: 1019835917
Description: x, 224 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The son of an Alabama sharecropper --
"Born with two strikes" --
"The man in the mask" --
"Heroes aren't supposed to lose" --
"A credit to his race" --
"It makes us a pack of liars" --
Documents.
Series Title: Routledge historical Americans.
Responsibility: Marcy S. Sacks.

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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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