Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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“They Didn’t Give Us Our Mule and Our Acre”: Introduction

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pp. 1-11

“They didn’t give us our mule and our acre, but things are better.” 1 With these words, Miss Harris, a sixty-seven-year-old veteran of the civil rights movement, celebrated Barack Obama’s stunning victory over his Republican Party rival...

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The “Chickens Are Coming Home to Roost”: Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama, and the Black Church

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pp. 13-51

The Reverend Jeremiah Wright, the former pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ on the South Side of Chicago, sparked outrage in large sections of the United States in February and March 2008, after the contents of his post-9/11 sermons were...

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“I Don’t Want People to Pretend I’m Not Black”: Barack Obama and America’s Racial History

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pp. 53-98

The media controversy surrounding Barack Obama’s relationship with Reverend Wright demonstrated how racial issues continue to divide Americans. As we noted in the preceding chapter, Obama was a member of a black church whose minister...

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“To Choose Our Better History”?: Epilogue

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pp. 99-104

On January 20, 2009, Barack H. Obama was sworn in as the forty-fourth president of the United States. A million or so people, from throughout the United States and abroad, crammed onto the Washington Mall to glimpse history in the making: the...

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Text of Barack Obama’s March 18, 2008, Speech on Race

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pp. 105-119

“We the people, in order to form a more perfect union.” Two hundred and twenty-one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered and, with these simple words, launched America’s improbable experiment in...

Notes

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pp. 121-154

Index

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pp. 155-159