Joe "Brown Bomber" Louis

By Jared Mcdonald

About Joe Louis

Joseph Louis Barrow, best known as Joe Louis, was an American professional boxer. He held the world heavyweight championship from 1937 to 1949, and is considered to be one of the greatest heavyweights of all time. He was born May 13, 1914 in La Fayette, Alabama. He died April 12, 1981 in Paradise, Nevada.

Major Achivements

Louis is perhaps best known for his legendary matchups against German boxer Max Schmeling. Schmeling defeated Louis when they first fought in 1936, and in the runup to their 1938 rematch, the press imbued the bout with international political significance, portraying the match as an epic battle between Nazi ideology and American democratic ideals (even though Schmeling was never a member of the Nazi Party). When Louis defeated Schmeling by knockout in the first round, Louis became an American hero.
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Did you know???

Did you know that from 1934 to 1951 Joe fought 71 fights won 68 of them, 54 by knockout.

Traits

racial unity, national strength, and unlimited opportunity
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Inspiration

Joe Louis made an impact on history because he showed it don't matter what color you are you can still do something with your life. He led the way for every other black fighter after him.
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