Jesse Owen

Author: Tom Streissguth

Tom Streissguth:

He has written more than 40 books of history and biography. One of the book that he read is "Legends of Dracula".

  • Main character is Jesse Owens
  • Full name is James Cleveland Owens
  • He was born on September 12, 1913, in Oakville, Alabama, AL
  • Nickname "The Buckeye Bullet"
  • He died on March 31, 1980, in Tucson, AZ
  • His spouse was Minnie Ruth Solomon (m. 1935–1980)
  • He had three children Beverly Owens, Gloria Owens, and Marlene Owens
  • Jesse Owens at first was a Christian then converted to Islam after at least 2 or 3 years from the 1936 Olympics
  • Owens was the youngest of ten children, three girls and seven boys, born in Oakville, Alabama. J.C. was nine years old when his family moved to Cleveland, Ohio for better opportunities, as part of the Great Migration, when 1.5 million African Americans left the segregated South.


The setting took place in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1913-1980.


Owen faced a lot of racism when he finished running a race. Owen got so used to this, that he really didn't care anymore. Due to racial segregation of the time and the fact that African-Americans were treated as second-rate citizens, Jesse had to live off-campus with the other African-American students.


The mood of this story is sad and happy, it is sad because Owen doesn't have the same rights like other people. At the same time it is happy,because he breaks 4 records and he is the fastest man.


The theme is "everything is possible even if it seems impossible"


Jesse Owens earned fame as the "world's fastest human" at the 1936 Olympic games in Nazi Germany. He had a lot of obstacles to overcome but some of those obstacles you might want to read about and he is a role model for generations to come.


In my opinion this book makes you think about the past, and the differences between now and the past.

Connection to real life

In the book it showed racism and in the real world there is still racism.

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