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An Olympic boycott that almost worked

Updated: August 13, 2009, 5:44 PM ET
By Jeremy Schaap | ESPN

Seventy-three years ago this summer, Hitler's Germany played host to the Games of the Eleventh Olympiad in Berlin.

The Games are now best remembered for the brilliance of Jesse Owens -- who won four gold medals -- and the success of the Nazis' propaganda machine. For the first time in the history of the modern Olympics, the Games were held hostage by the political goals of the host nation.

What's largely forgotten is the fact that a powerful American movement to boycott ...

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