Barack Obama

Standard Name: Obama, Barack


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Cultural formation Maya Angelou
Born black in the Southern USA and raised mainly in a small and backward, rigidly segregated Arkansas town in which white people systematically victimised blacks (the segregation was so complete that most Black children...
Literary responses Toni Morrison
This was only one among a steadily growing accumulation of honours. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012, with an eighty-fourth birthday party organized for her by the office of President Obama
politics Maya Angelou
MA strongly supported Hillary Clinton as prospective Democratic presidential candidate in 2008, but after Clinton left the race she supported the successful candidate, Barack Obama , with equal force as he competed for and won...
politics Toni Morrison
At the election of President Obama she not only, for the first time, felt truly American, but felt also (for that little moment, for a couple of hours) very powerfully patriotic.
Brockes, Emma. “Home truths”. The Guardian, pp. Weekend 30 - 5.
Weekend 34
politics Alice Walker
The knowledge that enslaved Africans had gathered latex for rubber, and had been mutilated if they failed to fulfil their work quota, and that land had been expropriated by tyre companies for their plantations, made...
Textual Production Alice Walker
AW 's blog, at, mixes poems (with titles like Despair is the Ground Bounced Back From) with politics (as in the brief essay To the Freedom Riders of Palestine). Indeed, the two...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Zadie Smith
Her subjects include George Eliot 's Middlemarch, Zora Neale Hurston , Franz Kafka , Vonnegut and Salinger as cult figures, Roland Barthes and Vladimir Nabokov (pitted against each other as attacker and booster of...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Alice Walker
She devotes a good deal of space here to President Barack Obama , whom she had strongly supported during his first campaign for the presidency, but whom she now harshly criticized for his policies on...


4 November 2008: Barack Obama (feared unelectable by some)...

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4 November 2008

Barack Obama (feared unelectable by some) was voted in the first DemocraticUS president since Bill Clinton and the first black president ever.

9 October 2009: The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to US President...

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9 October 2009

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to US President Barack Obamafor his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples, especially as regards nuclear weapons.


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