Louis Vs. Schmeling

Posted by on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 Under: Photography




Joe Louis pictured just before his fight with Max Schmeling in 1938 (top) and squaring up to his German foe in preparation for their bout (bottom). It took Louis a little over two minutes to win the match which many see as the first time white America rooted for a black person over a white one. This was due to tensions between the United States and the German Nazi Party and years later, Louis would state:

“White Americans, even while some of them were lynching black people in the South, were depending on me to K.O. a German … the whole damned country was depending on me.”

Source: theundefeated.com

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