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The Real Story Behind Detroit's Giant Joe Louis Fist

First things first. Despite what some may think, the one thing the Joe Louis fist is NOT about is the city vs. suburb divide. Let’s take a page from the history books, and go back to 1936. Adolf Hitler was quickly gaining power in Europe. The Nazi regime was spewing hatred around the world. Part of that misinformation campaign was to rise up “racially perfect” athletes to show the “superiority” of the Aryan race. Boxer Max Schmeling became, for awhile, his poster boy. In his f...

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