American Experience

Jesse Owens

Season 24 Episode 7 | 52m 10s

The most famous athlete of his time, his stunning triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games captivated the world even as it infuriated the Nazis. Despite the racial slurs he endured, Jesse Owens' grace and athleticism rallied crowds across the globe. But when the four-time Olympic gold medalist returned home, he could not even ride in the front of a bus.

Aired: 04/30/12

Expired: 05/02/15

Rating: NR

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