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Jesse Owens Running Into History (Time For Kids Biographies Series)
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Jesse Owens Running Into History (Time For Kids Biographies Series)

by Editors of TIME For Kids, Elaine Israel (Editor), Elaine Israel (With)
 

Take a close-up look at Jesse Owens, an African American track star—and one of the greatest athletes of all time. Interviews with experts and lively writing deliver the accurate reporting you expect from Time For Kids®. Historical and contemporary photographs capture the life and times of this remarkable Olympic-medal winner.

Overview

Take a close-up look at Jesse Owens, an African American track star—and one of the greatest athletes of all time. Interviews with experts and lively writing deliver the accurate reporting you expect from Time For Kids®. Historical and contemporary photographs capture the life and times of this remarkable Olympic-medal winner.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 7 to 9.

Loaded with historic photographs and important facts, this full-color chapter book, part of the "TIME for Kids Biographies" series, shares the entire life of Olympic track-and-field star Jesse Owens. From his illness-plagued childhood as a sharecropper's son in Alabama to his teen years in Ohio, the authors explain Owens's life in the context of his time by including sidebars about such topics as the Great Migration (when many African Americans left the South to pursue better lives in the industrialized northern states) and the Great Depression. Jesse successfully competed in track and field at the collegiate level before attaining a place on the 1936 Olympic team. Held in Berlin, these Olympics were marred by Hitler's prejudice against any athletes who were not "pure" Germans, including Jews and blacks. In fact, even though Jesse Owens set three new world records and won four gold medals, Hitler refused to stand to honor this amazing athlete. After the Olympics, Jesse Owen's life did not get any easier. Discrimination against African Americans continued plagued him, and he had difficulty getting work. Although he did some public speaking, the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s made Jesse's optimistic and peaceful perspective less popular than it had been in the preceding decades. Although he died in 1980, Jesse Owens remains one of the most famous and well-respected Olympic athletes of all time. Information about various Olympians, famous African Americans, a brief history of the Olympic games, a list of key dates in Owens's life, and a table of contents are included in this well-illustrated biography. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060576202
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/2008
Series:
Time For Kids Biographies Series
Edition description:
Illustrate
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
190,270
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.00(d)
Lexile:
830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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Time For Kids: Jesse Owens
Running into History

Chapter One

The Gold Standard

Jesse Owens loved to run. As a young boy, he ran through cotton fields in Alabama. As a teenager, he ran on city streets in Ohio. And now came the moment that the twenty-two-year-old athlete had been training for—the Olympic Summer Games.

In 1936 the Games were held in Berlin, Germany. Adolf Hitler, Germany's leader, was the head of the Nazi party. The Nazis hated blacks, Jews, and others who were not "pure" Germans. To Hitler, the Games would prove that blond-haired, blue-eyed German athletes were supermen and superwomen. Being a black American, Jesse Owens was not part of the Nazis' "master race." But he did not care. He was only thinking about running, jumping—and winning.

A light rain was falling during Jesse's first big race for a medal, the 100-meter run. The dirt track was uneven and messy. But from the starting shot, Jesse seemed to fly. The speed of his graceful high step set him apart as he focused on reaching the finish line. Then, just as the race neared its end, teammate Ralph Metcalfe began to catch up. The crowd cheered on the racers as Jesse sprinted ahead. He tied the record of 10.3 seconds and won the race by a comfortable one meter (3.3 feet). The gold medal was his.

Over the next week, Jesse set three new world records—in the broad jump, the 200-meter run, and the 400-meter relay. He became the first American track and field star to win four gold medals at a single Olympics. According to a reporter who witnessed the scene, Hitler, who was sitting down, gave "a friendly little Nazi salute" but didn'tstand up and cheer. Lutz Long, a famous German broad-jumper, congratulated the man who beat him. A German filmmaker recording the Olympics for Hitler focused her camera on Jesse. Children in Berlin followed the American athlete, chanting his name. Jesse's warm smile became a familiar sight in newspapers and to his fans.

The grandson of former slaves, Jesse Owens was now famous and admired around the world. Though he would never brag, he was very proud of himself. Few people realized how hard his journey to the championship had been—a journey that began twenty-two years before, in a shack in Alabama.

Time For Kids: Jesse Owens
Running into History
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Meet the Author

The editors of TIME For Kids® are committed to informing millions of kids about the world and their place in it. As part of a national news organization, they bring expert and age-appropriate reporting and photography from around the globe to books, classroom magazines, and a website.

The editors of TIME For Kids® are frequent visitors to classrooms all over the country. And the TFK Kid Reporters have appeared on The Today Show, CBS Morning Show, CNN, and Fox News.

TFK editors also publish the TIME For Kids® Science Scoops series, giving kids the inside scoop on the world’s most fascinating topics.

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