Jesse Owens's Influence On Sports And Politics

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The 1936 Olympic Games was a monumental event. The XI Olympiad was at its peak for competing nations. These games were the last major international sporting competition before the deadliest war of the twentieth century. As a battleground to test Aryan Supremacy, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler built the most state of-the-art facilities ever seen at the time. Thousands of people gathered to see some of the best athletes from all around the world compete in Berlin, and taking center stage was the biggest African - American track and field team ever established. Led by twenty - three year old star Jesse Owens, records were demolished in one of the greatest displays of courage and athleticism in history. Jesse Owens is considered one of the greatest …show more content…
Political debate in a progressive society is a form of social capital but sports are too. Sports and Politics have intersected at distinctive points in America’s History, bringing to eye their results and interpretations, none more so than the Berlin Olympics. For Example, Penelope Kissoudi explains in his article “Sport, Political, and International Relations in the Twentieth Century” that a “common sense view of politics and a broad knowledge of history” would lead to a person thinking that “sports and politics exist to a considerable degree”(2). After the turn of the twentieth century, as a result of the increase of leisure time and demand for entertainment, sports rapidly became a part of mainstream life and politics. By 1930, sports had drawn a within itself an ability to draw large crowds of not just spectators but followers, enthusiasts, and commentators. This led nations to understand that sports have such a strong cultural appeal and understand when Penelope Kissoudi said “sport is capable of bringing together a large number of people and that increasingly it has played an important role in trans-national

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