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FB-52226-06Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsMarcy S SacksJoe Louis at the Crossroads of America8/1/2006 - 5/31/2007$40,000.00MarcySSacks   Albion CollegeAlbionMI49224-1831USA2005U.S. HistoryFellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsResearch Programs400000400000

Joe Louis's life story illuminates many of the profound social transformations of twentieth-century America, including the Great Migration, industrialization, the Great Depression, World War II, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Black Power movement. My study will become the first comprehensive biography yet written about Joe Louis, a man who not only provided hope to millions of black Americans but who became a hero (perhaps the first black hero) of white America. Yet his story reveals the intractability of race; even as an icon to whites, Louis could not overcome the persistent white belief in black inferiority.