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President Obama and the Burden of Race
Audio Q&A with American historian Thomas Sugrue
August 29, 2010
In his new book, Not Even Past: Barack Obama and the Burden of Race, historian Thomas Sugrue says of the president, "He came of age as part of a generation of African-descended Americans who found opportunities unimaginable only a few decades earlier, but who also lived in a society when, at the same time, many of the measures of racial inequality worsened."
"Obama was shaped in a moment when ideas about race in America were really in flux and up for grabs." – Tom Sugrue
Sugrue is the David Boies Professor of History and a specialist in 20th-century American politics, urban history, civil rights and race. His books include Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North and The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit.
In this audio Q&A, Sugrue talks about the paradox of race in America, the meaning of Obama's presidency and some of the ways the president bears the burden of race.
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