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Cut wages growing unemployment poverty and suffering were unforgettable experiences during the Great Depression of the thirties Many people learned to face these hard times with the help of famous sports figures They gave hope and to many people pride in what they stood for to them One of these great sports figures who helped Americans was boxer Joe Louis In 1936 he fought the world champion Max Schmeling and had his first lose Max Schmeling was a German boxer and the Nazis equated his victory over Joe Louis as a Nazi superiority over American democracy Once again the two boxers Joe Louis and Max Schmeling fought in 1938 and this time Joe Louis won in the first round This was an enormous lift for Americans It was a victory for democracy Joe Louis was also an inspiration to the African American people He was a famous African American boxer and had beaten a German boxer who was as Hitler believed the perfect race This gave the African Americans self-respect and pride in who they were African Americans pointed with pride to athletes like Joe Louis who was the world heavyweight boxing champion Cayton Perry Winkler 764 Louis also went on to become a hero for the war effort and gave inspirational speeches Jesse Owens great accomplishments on the track field made him one of the most famous in history While on the Ohio State University track team in 1935 he set a world record in the broad jump 26 feet 8 14 In 1936 he set a new world record in the 100m dash102 sec In 1936 as a member of the US track team at the Olympic games in Berlin Jesse Owens won four gold medals and set more new world records This is an important
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