Joe Louis Essay

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Joe Louis Joe Louis was born in Alabama on May 13, 1914. He was the son of an Alabama sharecropper, the great grandson of a slave, and the great great grandson of a white slave owner. Joe Louis moved to Detroit as a youngster with his mother. He was the first African American ever to achieve lasting fame and star status in the 20th Century. He did so with boxing, he would capture the hearts of millions of American's, both white and black. This was a time when blacks were being discriminated against, the military was segregated, blacks were not allowed to play Major League Baseball. When he started boxing early in the 1930's hero worship was not achievable in any professional sports, there were none that were able…show more content…
Louis' war-time patriotism in a racially divided country made him a symbol of national unity and purpose. Twice he donated his winnings to the military relief funds. He advertised himself even more tot he American Public when he said the U.S. would win World War 2 " because we're on God's side". In front of 70,000 screaming fans at Yankee Stadium, Louis pulverized the Aryan figurehead, knocking him to the floor 3 times. Two years of waiting ended in a quick 124 second knockout of Scheming Due to that fight, Louis had crossed the line from champion to idol as Americans of all color and race celebrated frantically. In 1942 he would join the U.S. Army, during the hard times of World War 2. During this time he fought close to 100 exhibitions before some 2 million servicemen. After the war, he knocked out Billy Conn again, and won three other fights, including two with Jersey Joe Walcott, before abdicating his title, and retiring. However, because he needed money to pay back taxes, he returned to boxing. After not fighting for two years, he lost a one sided-decision to his successor as champ, Ezzard Charles, in 1950. He then retired for good when Rocky Marciano knocked him out in the eighth round in 1951. Louis' boxing career earned him close to 5 million dollars, but most of his money was lost due to his extreme generosity. The IRS,

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