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Title:
Barack Obama : the voice of an American leader
ISBN:
9780313362361
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2009.
Physical Description:
vii, 216 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents:
On heritage, marriage, and children -- On community organizing, activism, and on accepting the call to serve -- On Illinois state politics -- On U.S. Senate politics -- On the campaign for the presidency and criticisms of the campaign -- On the issues -- On the youth vote in the 2008 campaign -- On race and on faith.
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Summary

By any measure, the 2008 presidential race has been historic. The race has created an enthusiasm and a high degree of interest in politics few have ever seen before. At the center of the race is Barack Obama, the first African American to become the presumptive Democratic nominee. Many Americans agree with his politics, and many don't, but most agree he is an incredible force in today's highly-charged political world, and has come along at one of the most crucial, difficult times in our nation's history. For a sense of what has transpired in this campaign and how it is different from others in America's history, this book looks at one candidate from the perspective of quotations, made by and about Barack Obama.

Thematically arranged chapter highlight topics including Obama's heritage, his family, state and national politics, his run for the presidency, the issues of the day, community activism and service, and thoughts on race and faith. Each chapter contains an introduction and many of the quotations are supported with background information to give students and general readers a better understanding of the current events and political issues at play. Ideal for student assignments as well as for reading cover to cover, this volume offers the most representative, revealing, and often controversial quotes by and about a man who has created a movement in American politics.


Author Notes

JOANN F. PRICE is a writing coach and author of Martha Stewart: A Biography (2007) and Barack Obama: A Biography (2008).


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 On Heritage, Marriage, and Childrenp. 7
Chapter 2 On Community Organizing and Activism and Accepting the Call to Servep. 25
Chapter 3 On Illinois State Politicsp. 47
Chapter 4 On U.S. Senate Politicsp. 59
Chapter 5 On the Campaign for the Presidency and the Concerns and Criticisms of His Campaignp. 71
Chapter 6 On the Issuesp. 113
Chapter 7 The Youth Vote in the 2008 Campaignp. 143
Chapter 8 On Race and Faithp. 151
Conclusionp. 183
Bibliographyp. 191
Indexp. 203