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FB-52226-06

Marcy S Sacks
Albion College (Albion, MI 49224-1887)

Joe Louis at the Crossroads of America

Joe Louis's life story illuminates many of the profound social transformations of twentieth-century America, including the Great Migration, industrialization, the Great Depression, World War II, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Black Power movement. My study will become the first comprehensive biography yet written about Joe Louis, a man who not only provided hope to millions of black Americans but who became a hero (perhaps the first black hero) of white America. Yet his story reveals the intractability of race; even as an icon to whites, Louis could not overcome the persistent white belief in black inferiority.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2006 – 5/31/2007