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Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

Title

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

Authors

Barack Obama

Publisher

Crown Publishers

Publication Year

1995

ISBN

9781400082773

Pages

442 pages

Genre

memoir

Format

full length

Item Type

Nonfiction

Annotation

In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father, a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man has been killed in a car accident. This sudden death inspires an emotional odyssey, first to a small town in Kansas, from which he retraces the migration of his mother's family to Hawaii, and then to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family, confronts the bitter truth of his father's life, and at last reconciles his divided inheritance.

Grade Level

9-12

Topic

Racial Diversity; Biracial; Interracial; biracial child; interracial parents

Main Character

adult male

Race/Ethnicities

African American / White

Family Formation

multigenerational

Awards

Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album

Keywords

reform; projects; adulthood; family; class; identity; poverty; Chicago; Hawaii; racial problems; self-discovery

Diversity Impact

direct

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

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