Barack Obama

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General Information

Name: Barack Obama

44th President of the United States

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii

Illinois Connection

Obama moved to Chicago in 1985 to work as the director of the Developing Communities Project (DCP), a church-based community organization originally comprising eight Catholic parishes in Greater Roseland (Roseland, West Pullman, and Riverdale) on Chicago's far South Side. He worked there until May 1988 after which he entered Harvard Law School in late 1988.

During his summers, he returned to Chicago where he worked as a summer associate at the law firms of Sidley & Austin in 1989 and Hopkins & Sutter in 1990. After graduating with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) magna cum laude from Harvard in 1991, he returned to Chicago.

From 1992 to 2004, Obama served as a professor of constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School. From 1993 to 1996, he joined Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, a twelve-attorney law firm specializing in civil rights litigation and neighborhood economic development as an associate and then became counsel from 1996 to 2004.

In 1996, Obama was elected to the 13th District of the Illinois Senate - which at that time, included Chicago South Side neighborhoods from Hyde Park-Kenwood south to South Shore and west to Chicago Lawn. He was reelected to the Illinois Senate in 1998 and again in 2002.

Obama also served as a US Senator from January 4, 2005 to November 16, 2008 and continued to live in the south suburbs of Chicago during that time.

Biographical and Professional Information

Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States and the first African American to be elected to that position. Obama was the junior United States Senator from Illinois from 2005 until he resigned on November 16, 2008, following his election to the Presidency.

He is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was president of the Harvard Law Review. Obama worked as a community organizer and practiced as a civil rights attorney before serving three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. He also taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004.

Obama's election as the the first black president of the Harvard Law Review gained national media attention and led to a publishing contract and advance for a book about race relations. The University of Chicago Law School provided Obama with a fellowship and an office to work on his book. His book, Dreams from My Father, was published in 1995.

Published Works

  • The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, Vintage, 2008
  • Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, Crown, 2007
  • The Essential Barack Obama: The Grammy Award-Winning Recordings (Audio Book), Random House Audio, 2008
  • Barack Obama in His Own Words, Carroll & Graf, 2007
  • Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters, Knopf, 2010

Titles at Your Library

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream (Vintage)

ISBN: 0307455874
Release Date: 2008-07-15

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Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters

ISBN: 037583527X
Release Date: 2010-11-16

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External Links

Barack Obama on WorldCat


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