Object of the Month- Pvt. Joe Louis

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Pvt. Joe Louis Poster from World War II.
Pvt. Joe Louis Poster from World War II.

In honor of Black History Month, we thought it would be appropriate to share an artifact with a strong African American hero.  This poster from World War II shows Joe Louis and his motivation words, a concept that became a household idea for Americans during this time.

“… and we’ll win because we’re on God’s side,” became an important slogan during World War II. Pvt. Joe Lewis, a well known African American boxer, made this phrase a household thing during this time. During the Second World War, this poster was seen throughout the country and Pvt. Louis’ statement inspired other young men to join and support the fight, which made his a very popular advocate for American pride.   Read more