Joe Louis: Sports and Race in Twentieth-Century America

1st Edition

Marcy S. Sacks

Routledge
Published April 20, 2018
Reference - 224 Pages
ISBN 9780415895651 - CAT# Y119891
Series: Routledge Historical Americans

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Summary

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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