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Obama's Powerful Tribute to a Defining Civil Rights Moment

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In 2015, on the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery, the nation's first African American president paid tribute to a defining event in civil rights history.

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Barack Obama launched into our national consciousness at the 2004 Democratic National Convention and ever since, he's delivered messages of patriotism, unity, and hope through the power of words. But of all the speeches he's given, six in particular may define his legacy as, in historian Doris Kearns Goodwin's words, "one of the best writers and orators in the presidency." Interviews with eminent historians and key figures in his writing process give rare insights into these iconic speeches, as well as the Obama presidency and the man himself.


  • David Axelrod
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Jon Favreau
  • David Axelrod

    David Axelrod

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    David Axelrod is a veteran of American politics and journalism and the former chief strategist and senior advisor to President Barack Obama. He currently serves as director of the University of Chicago's non-partisan Institute of Politics; senior political commentator for CNN; and host of 'The Axe Files,' a top-rated podcast jointly produced by CNN and his institute. Axelrod, a former political writer for the 'Chicago Tribune' and, later, media strategist for 150 state, local and national political campaigns, is also the author of 'The New York Times' best-selling memoir, 'Believer: My Forty Years in Politics.'

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