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Joe Louis in The Fight: American Experience

The Fight: American Experience

2004 UR

It was more than just a fight between two talented pugilists when German champion Max Schmeling (a personal favorite of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler) and American heavyweight champion "Brown Bomber" Joe Louis traded blows in a boxing match on June 22, 1938. To some, it was the Nazi racial theory of Aryan supremacy (a white man fighting a black man) put to the supreme test; to others, it was fascism vs. democracy.

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