Jesse Owens Research Paper

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Jesse Owens was an Olympic Champion. He set four world records in a single day. He was given the title, “Fastest Man Alive” for his great speed. The crazy thing is, this well known man started off so small, and all his dreams came true. As Jesse said, “We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.”

Jesse Owens was born on September 12, 1913. He was the child of Henry and Emma, whose parents were slaves. Jesse's parents married in 1869. They had thirteen children. Three of their kids unfortunately died when they were born. The other ten consisted of three daughters and seven sons, including Jesse.

Jesse got sick a lot when he was little. He became sick with pneumonia almost every single winter. He caught many colds in his childhood too. Jesse's family was very poor. They only ate meats on important holidays. Then, in 1922, Jesse's father and Jesse's two oldest brothers traveled to Cleavlend, Ohiio. Lillie, Jesse's sister, moved to Cleavlend while World War Two was happening. Jesse's family was part of a huge migration called The Great Migration. In the Great Migration, 400,000 African Americans traveled North.

Jesse’s family lived in a big house they rented in
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Adolf Hitler had become a powerful leader of Germany. The Nazis absolutely hated Jews, handicapped people, and black people. In the Summer Olympics, there were 313 men and 46 women from America competing. There were 49 countries total competing. 4,400 people competed. The Olympic Games started on Aug first. On August third, Jesse made it to the finals for the 100 meter dash and won first place! He got a gold medal. On August fourth was the long jump. Jesse fouled on his first try, but he got a second try. On his second try, he made it into the finals. He jumped 26 feet! Jesse ended up leaving the Summer Olympics with four gold

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