Joe Louis was born in 1914, who was an African American boxer from Alabama until 1981. He was a professional boxer who later became the world heavy weight champion from 1937 through 1949. Joe Louis’s nickname was the “Brown Bomber”. In 1937, Louis represented the black masses of The Great Depression. Joe Louis was best known for his fight against Max Schemling who was a German boxer. Joe Louis first lost to Schemling in 1936 against the German fighter but then won in 1938
with a first round knockout. This fight represented the struggle against Nazi ideology against the American democratic ideas. After the fight, Louis gave the United States hope that they could beat the best German had to offer. Joe Louis was a symbol of mythical and real American traits. The Brown Bomber was also a representative of racial unity, national strength, and unlimited opportunity. Louis had a huge impact on racism in America. He changed racist attitudes and practices. He was the American myth of an ideal man. Louis was patriotic and who started at the bottom of society and worked his way up to the top of society where wealth and fame awaited him. The press was also sympathetic towards Joe Louis. Louis became the most popular African American in America during the late 1930s and 40s, and one of the most popular of all Americans. He also represented blacks with little Ethiopia endured in its struggle against Italy in 1935. Joe Louis gained white support by his humility and willingness to avoid the behavior of the previous African American champion. By fighting he stood up for African Americans. Louis’s fighting represented more than just boxing as he was a symbol of the African American community and an ideal American myth of a man.