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

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 6/19/2012
  • Publisher: Harpercollins

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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.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Mystery of Michelle Obama's Rootsp. 1
Phoebe, the Wandererp. 19
St. Louisp. 29
Siren Song of the Northp. 38
A Family Grows in Chicagop. 46
Exploding Dreamsp. 60
A Child of the Jazz Agep. 72
A Man of Promisep. 77
Stumbling Backwardp. 81
Love in Hard Timesp. 87
Struggling and Strivingp. 98
The Search for the Truthp. 111
The Demise of Reconstruction and the Rise of Jim Crow
A Man on the Risep. 119
Left Behindp. 130
Neither Black Nor Whitep. 141
The Reckoningp. 153
Birmingham, The Magic Cityp. 161
Two Brothers, Two Destiniesp. 171
The One-Armed Patriarchp. 179
Twilightp. 188
The Search for the Truth: Atlantap. 198
Slavery and Emancipation
A Slave Girl Named Melviniap. 209
Journey To Georgiap. 218
South Carolina Goldp. 228
A Child Is Bornp. 240
Born Freep. 251
Exodusp. 264
The Civil Warp. 271
Uneasy Freedomp. 285
Epilogue: Melvinia's Secretp. 297
Acknowledgmentsp. 305
Notesp. 311
Bibliographyp. 357
Indexp. 369
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