Today in History: Obama Publishes Dreams from My Father

| July 18, 2017

170717_news_219x365Did you know that Barack Obama, son of a black African father, and white American mother — and 44th president of the United States — originally published Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance on July 18, 1995? A memoir that became a number one bestseller when it was reissued in 2004, this book opens in New York when Obama learns that his estranged father has been killed in a car accident, and it tells the story of the events, experiences, and forces that shaped his life, including his decision to enter law school at Columbia University.

The following articles are selected from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.


See Columbia University Libraries’ holdings of materials authored by President Barack Obama, including books, speeches, and archived government sites.

See The Office of Barack and Michelle Obama.


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