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Jesse Owens: Never Give Up!

Jesse Owens was born in Oakville, Alabama. His father was a sharecropper and his grandfather had been a slave.

Life was not easy for Jesse and his family, but Jesse Owens never gave up.

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To help his family earn money Jesse began working in the fields. At age seven he picked 100 pounds of cotton a day.

No one knew it, but this hard working boy would grow up to be one of the world’s greatest athletes.

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At age nine Jesse and his family moved to Cleveland, Ohio.

It was here that Jesse discovered his athletic talent. He soon began racing with his school’s track and field team.

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Lexile Score 710
Word Count 310
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