Character Development

Character development

I was trying to raise myself to be a black man in America and beyond the given of my appearance, no one around me seemed to know exactly what that meant.”

—Obama, Dreams from My Father

I was different, after all, potentially suspect; I had no idea who my own self was.”

—Obama, Dreams from My Father

I have brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, uncles and cousins, of every race and every hue, scattered across three continents, and for as long as I live, I will never forget that in no other country on Earth is my story even possible.”

—Obama, “A More Perfect Union”

Barack Obama thinks of himself as an African American, the son of an African father and American mother. His duel ancestry has given him ...

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