The Obama Presidency
Six times a year, the editors of the Oxford African American Studies Center provide insights into black history and culture, showing ways in which the past and present interact by offering specially commissioned featured essays, photographic essays, and a selected list of articles that will further guide the reader. The latest Focus On looks at the Obama Presidency.
President Barack Obama's two-terms in office were marked by a range of achievements and challenges, from passing historic health care legislation to presiding over an increasingly divided nation. This Focus On, assembled by Executive Editor Steven Niven, provides a chronological guide to the key moments of the Obama administration. Though his legacy will be debated for years, there is no question that Obama's historic presidency both changed the nation and rallied some long-dormant political forces, resulting in a political pendulum swing in the election of 2016.View photo essay
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