American Tapestry

American Tapestry

The Story of Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama

Book - 2012
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The history of First Lady Michelle Obama's mixed ancestry as well as a portrait of America itself through this family saga.
Publisher: New York : Amistad, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061999864
0061999865
Branch Call Number: 973.93 SWA 2012
Characteristics: 391 p. : ill. (some col.), geneal. tables ; 24 cm

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fotini88
Aug 07, 2017

Interesting for readers who are interested in American history and genealogy. Well researched but at times difficult to remember who is who and how they were related to Michelle.

What exactly is the point of this book? To say that no Black person in America is really Black? Yet another weak attempt at crediting White people for the success of Black people.

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floy
Oct 12, 2012

I recommend this book. It is very well-written and well-researched. The author's idea is to talk about the history of race relations while talking about the specifics of the ancestors of MIchelle Obama. She traces Obama's family back to pre-Civil war days. Some ancestors were slaves, many were biracial, and some were white. Not unlike the family tree of many African Americans.

The author started out with two women who were willing to help sort through the history and even have DNA testing to see if they were related to Michelle Obama. It turns out that both the African American woman and the white woman are distant relatives of the First Lady. The white woman had to confront the slave-owning history in her family but she also welcomed into her family her daughter's choice of a husband, an African American man.

Sometimes, it was a bit confusing because the author tended to alternate in the same chapter between writing about MIchelle Obama's maternal relatives and her paternal relatives and the author also sometimes went back & forth in time. But it is well worth reading. It's hard to believe that Michelle's great great grandfather was a slave. Oh, if he could see her now.

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jimg2000
Oct 02, 2012

Excellent source on black history and some dimension to life as a slave during the turn of the twenty century, particularly in and around Birmingham and Chicago. However, found the book difficult to follow as many other readers had found. I gave up after about 180 pages and decided to skip the rest after flipping through the rest ... nothing much to add in mho.

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