'Race' Offers a Social-studies-for-dummies Look at a Complex Moment in History

Eighty years after Owens broke records at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, a biopic about him has finally been made. But the result fails completely to convey the tremendous historical importance of this extraordinary American athlete.

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In recent years we have been inundated by a flood of movies based on real-life stories, including many cinematic biographies. So it’s surprising that only now has a biopic been made about the black sprinter...