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Jesse Owens

Track and Field (12-Sep-1913 — 31-Mar-1980)


William J. Baker. Jesse Owens: An American Life. The Free Press. 1986. 237pp.

Donald McRae. In Black & White: The Untold Story of Joe Louis and Jesse Owens. Scribner. 2002. 415pp.

Jesse Owens; with Paul G. Neimark. The Jesse Owens Story. Putnam. 1970. 109pp. Alternative title, Blackthink: My Life as Black Man and White Man.

Jeremy Schaap. Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics. Houghton Mifflin. 2007. 272pp.


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  1. NNDB [link]

  2. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online [link]

  3. Internet Movie Database [link]

  4. Wikipedia [link]

  5. Library of Congress Name Authority [link]

  6. Encyclopedia of American Biography (p.851)

  7. International Dictionary of 20th Century Biography (p.536)

  8. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.1115)

  9. Webster's American Biographies (p.787)

  10. Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography (p.551)

  11. 100 Greatest African Americans: A Biographical Encyclopedia (pp.238-41)

  12. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.381)

  13. American Lives: Sports (vol.2, pp.213-16)

  14. ESPN Sports Almanac 2004 (p.534)

  15. St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (vol.3, p.583)

  16. Sports Illustrated 2005 Almanac (p.877)

  17. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.269)

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