American Tapestry The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama

ISBN-10: 0061999865
ISBN-13: 9780061999864
Edition: 2012
Authors: Rachel L. Swarns
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Description: A remarkable history of First Lady Michelle Obama’s mixed ancestry, American Tapestry by Rachel L. Swarns is nothing less than a breathtaking and expansive portrait of America itself. In this extraordinary feat of genealogical research—in the  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 6/19/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

A remarkable history of First Lady Michelle Obama’s mixed ancestry, American Tapestry by Rachel L. Swarns is nothing less than a breathtaking and expansive portrait of America itself. In this extraordinary feat of genealogical research—in the tradition of The Hemmingses of Monticello and Slaves in the Family—author Swarns, a respected Washington-based reporter for the New York Times, tells the fascinating and hitherto untold story of Ms. Obama’s black, white, and multiracial ancestors; a history that the First Lady herself did not know.  At once epic, provocative, and inspiring, American Tapestry is more than a true family saga; it is an illuminating mirror in which we may all see ourselves.

Rachel L. Swarns has been a reporter for the New York Times since 1995, reporting on domestic policy, the presidential campaigns of 2004 and 2008, the First Lady, and the modern American family. She has also worked for the New York Times in Russia, Cuba, and South Africa, where she served as the Johannesburg bureau chief. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Prologue: The Mystery of Michelle Obama's Roots
Migration
Phoebe, the Wanderer
St. Louis
Siren Song of the North
A Family Grows in Chicago
Exploding Dreams
A Child of the Jazz Age
A Man of Promise
Stumbling Backward
Love in Hard Times
Struggling and Striving
The Search for the Truth
The Demise of Reconstruction and the Rise of Jim Crow
A Man on the Rise
Left Behind
Neither Black Nor White
The Reckoning
Birmingham, The Magic City
Two Brothers, Two Destinies
The One-Armed Patriarch
Twilight
The Search for the Truth: Atlanta
Slavery and Emancipation
A Slave Girl Named Melvinia
Journey To Georgia
South Carolina Gold
A Child Is Born
Born Free
Exodus
The Civil War
Uneasy Freedom
Epilogue: Melvinia's Secret
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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