Joe Louis wins Boxing Championship

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  • Lucas Paul Richert (University of Saskatchewan)

Literary/ Cultural Context Note

On 22 June, Joe Louis (also known as the Brown Bomber) defeated James J. Braddock and became the world heavyweight boxing champion. Louis’ next fight pitted him against German champion Max Schmeling, a bout that was cast as a battle between American democracy and Nazism. Louis emerged victorious and was lauded as a national hero, thus making Louis one of the first black athletes to be accepted by whites. He was a path-breaking figure for his ability to transcend the black/white divide in the segregated United States.

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Citation:
Richert, Lucas Paul. "Joe Louis wins Boxing Championship". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2008
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