Jesse Owens: Blackthink: My Life as Black Man and White Man

(1970)

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About the Author

Jesse Owens, born on September 12, 1913, was the last of ten surviving children of a sharecropper family in Oakville, Alabama. Like most African American sharecroppers in the South at this time, the family struggled to make a living and was exploited by their white landlord. An added concern for Owens’s parents was that he was a sickly child who came close to death on a number of occasions. Seeking to escape from poverty and to find more healthy living conditions for...