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The Greatest Fight of Our Generation: Louis vs. Schmeling

Lewis A. Erenberg


Contemporary political tensions gave a boxing match greater significance than it otherwise would have. Held on June 22, 1938, in Yankee Stadium, “the greatest fight of our generation” took place between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling. This was the second fight between these two men, the first having been won by Schmeling when he knocked out Loius in the twelfth round. Schmeling became a German national hero and an unwilling symbol of Aryan superiority. Louis and Schmeling's second fight was seen around the world in symbolic terms — as a match between Nazism and American democracy. This book discu ... More

Keywords: boxing, Joe Louis, Max Schmeling, race relations, Aryan, Hitler, Nazism, democracy, reconciliation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195177749
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195177749.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lewis A. Erenberg, author
Loyola University, Chicago
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