Ohio State University
Jesse Owens' alma mater offers a deep look into the World-record runner's personal and professional life. Spanning his childhood, family, schooling, Olympic successes, and legacy, the site offers biographies, timelines and extensive photo galleries.

Jesse Owens: Olympic Legend
The Jesse Owens Trust provides a biography, photo galleries, quotes, links and more.

Jesse Owens Memorial Park: Biography
The Jesse Owens Museum in Alabama is dedicated to preserving Jesse Owens' legacy. Their extensive biography breaks down all the chapters of his life, from his childhood to his charity work after the Olympics.

ESPN: "Owens Pierced a Myth"
This article highlights the young athlete's rise to greatness through his high school years, college track success, and broken records at the 1936 Olympics.

The Jesse Owens Foundation
This non-profit organization uses Owens' story to promote youth activities and encourage children's development to their fullest potential. They provide an insightful look into Owens' life.

Medal Quest
This site from PBS highlights American Athletes and the Paralympic Games.


Adler, David A. A Picture Book of Jesse Owens. New York: Holiday House, 1992.

Berlin: A Century of Change. Prestel in association with akg-images: London, 2008.

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Baker, William J. Jesse Owens: An American Life. New York: Free Press, 1986.

Barry, James P. The Berlin Olympics: 1936 Black American Athletes Counter Nazi Propaganda. New York: Franklin Watts, 1975.

Bass, Amy. Not the Triumph but the Struggle: The 1968 Olympics and the Making of the Black Athlete. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota, 2002.

Bass, Amy. In the Game: Race, Identity, and Sports in the Twentieth Century. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

Becker, Thea Gallo. Cleveland, 1796-1929. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2004.

Becker, Thea Gallo. Cleveland, 1930-2000. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2005.

Black, Edwin. War against the Weak: Eugenics and America's Campaign to Create a Master Race. New York: Four Walls Eight Windows, 2003.

Burrell, Tom. Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority. New York, NY: Smiley, 2010.

Cohen, Stan. The Games of '36: A Pictorial History of the 1936 Olympics in Germany. Missoula, MT: Pictorial Histories Pub., 1996.

Dodd, William E., and Martha Dodd. Ambassador Dodd's Diary, 1933-1938. New York: Harcourt, Brace and, 1941.

Fromm, Bella. Blood and Banquets: A Berlin Social Diary. New York, NY: Carol Pub. Group, 1990.

Glickman, Marty, and Stan Isaacs. The Fastest Kid on the Block: The Marty Glickman Story. Syracuse: Syracuse UP, 1996.

Grabowski, John J., and Diane Ewart Grabowski. Cleveland Then & Now. San Diego, CA: Thunder Bay, 2002.

Hart-Davis, Duff. Hitlers Olympics: The 1936 Games. London: Coronet, 1988.

Hilton, Christopher. Hitler's Olympics: The 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. Stroud: Sutton, 2006.

Holmes, Judith. Olympiad 1936: Blaze of Glory for Hitler's Reich. New York, NY: Ballantine, 1971.

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Jay, Kathryn. More than Just a Game: Sports in American Life since 1945. New York: Columbia UP, 2004.

Johnson, William O. All That Glitters Is Not Gold: The Olympic Game. New York: Putnam, 1972.

Kaufman, Mervyn D., and Larry Johnson. Jesse Owens. New York: Crowell, 1973.

Kusmer, Kenneth L. A Ghetto Takes Shape: Black Cleveland, 1870-1930. Urbana: University of Illinois, 1976.

Large, David Clay. Nazi Games: The Olympics of 1936. New York: W.W. Norton, 2007

Lovell, Mary S. The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family. New York: Norton, 2002.

McRae, Donald. Heroes without a Country: America's Betrayal of Joe Louis and Jesse Owens. New York, NY: Ecco, 2002.

Mezger, Gabi. The Jesse Owens Story. Logan: Perfection Learning, 1997.

Mitchell, Sandy. Cleveland's Little Italy. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub., 2008.

Mitchell, Sandy. Cleveland's Slavic Village. Charleston: Arcadia Pub., 2009.

Mitford, Deborah. Wait for Me!: Memoirs. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010.

Owens, Jesse, and Paul G. Neimark. Blackthink; My Life as Black Man and White Man. New York: Morrow, 1970.

Owens, Jesse, and Paul G. Neimark. I Have Changed. New York: Morrow, 1972.

Owens, Jesse, and Paul G. Neimark. Jesse, a Spiritual Autobiography. Plainfield: Logos International, 1978.

Owens, Jesse, and Paul G. Neimark. Jesse: The Man Who Outran Hitler. New York: Ballantine, 1979.

Owens, Jesse, and Paul G. Neimark. The Jesse Owens Story. New York: Putnam, 1970.


Platt, Anthony M., and Cecilia Elizabeth O'Leary. Bloodlines: Recovering Hitler's Nuremberg Laws, from Patton's Trophy to Public Memorial. Boulder: Paradigm, 2006.

Rippon, Anton. Hitler's Olympics: The Story of the 1936 Nazi Games. Barnsley, South Yorkshire: Pen & Sword, 2006.

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Sabol, John T., and Lisa A. Alzo. Cleveland Slovaks. Charleston: Arcadia Pub., 2009.

Schaap, Jeremy. Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2007.

Shirer, William L. Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent, 1934-1941. New York: A.A. Knopf, 1941.

Spangler, James R., and Jim Toman. Cleveland and Its Streetcars. Charleston: Arcadia, 2005.

Steele, Philip. Jesse Owens: An Unauthorized Biography. Chicago: Heinemann Library, 2001.

Sutcliffe, Jane. Jesse Owens. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, 2001.

Trimborn, Jürgen. Leni Riefenstahl A Life. Faber and Faber: New York, 2007.

Walters, Guy. Berlin Games: How the Nazis Stole The Olympic Dream. William Morrow: New York, 2006.

Ware, Susan. Title IX: A Brief History with Documents. Bedford/St. Martins: Boston, 2007.

Weatherford, Carole and Eric Velasquez. Jesse Owens: Fastest Man Alive. Walker & Co.: New York, 2007.

Wiggins, David. Glory Bound: Black Athletes in a White America. Syracuse University Press: Syracuse, 1997.

Wiggins, David. Out of the Shadows: A Biographical History of African American Athletes. University of Arkansas Press: Fayetteville, 2006.

Wiggins, David and R. Pierre Rodgers. Rivals: The Legendary Matchups that Made Sports History. University of Arkansas Press: Fayetteville, 2010.

Zampernini, Louis and David Resin. Devil at My Heels. Morrow: New York, 2003.

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