Rachel L Swarns
American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama
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A family history traces the compelling story of michelle obama's ancestors, covering a journey from slavery to the white house in five generations that bears witness to the changes in the nation. 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 : cleveland -- 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. Rachel l. Swarns. Includes bibliographical references (p. -367) and index.