Jackie Robinson And Jesse Owens: Professional Sports Analysis

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After the Civil War, between the years, 1865 through 1870 the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments was adopted by the United States. The United States abolished slavery, providing equal protection for freed slaves, and prohibited discrimination of colored voters. The Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments granted former slaves the freedom to pursue happiness, but in 1868, the “separate but equal” doctrine kept these amendments from bearing fruit. For nearly a century the “separate but equal” doctrine promoted segregation, and the Supreme Court it was constitutional to keep blacks and whites separate as long as they had equal rights to education, public transportation, and restrooms. However, the definition of equality in the south was very vague and ambiguous. Segregation also included all professional sports, but Jesse Owens and Jackie Robinson sought to change that. These legends faced unbearable …show more content…

Their extraordinary accomplishments while in college are rarely ever seen, even today. Especially, in the face of ferocious adversity that clearly present for Owens and Robinson. As far as achieving the most for their respective colleges, it is clear that Jesse Owens is in a class all by himself. The eight NCAA national championships alone place Robinson seven national championships behind Owens. In this perspective, Jesse Owens had a bigger impact during college in their respective sports. Jackie Robinson is an incredible college athlete himself, participating in multiple sports. Owens long jump record would not fall for 25

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