The dream of my father by barack obama pdf

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Dreams from My Father
Jump to navigation Jump to search Dreams from My Father Dreams from my father.jpgAuthorBarack ObamaCountryUnited StatesLanguageEnglishSubjectEarly life of Barack ObamaGenreMemoirPublisherTimes Books (1995)
Three Rivers Press (2004)Publication dateJuly 18, 1995
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Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance (1995) is a memoir by Barack Obama, who was elected as U.S. President in 2008. The memoir explores the events of Obama's early years in Honolulu and Chicago up until his entry into law school in 1988. Obama published the memoir in July 1995, when he was starting his political campaign for Illinois Senate.[1] He had been elected as the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review in 1990.[2] According to The New York Times, Obama modeled Dreams from My Father on Ralph Ellison's novel Invisible Man.[3]

After Obama won the U.S. Senate Democratic primary victory in Illinois in 2004, the book was re-published that year. He gave the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention (DNC) and won the Illinois Senate seat in the fall. Obama launched his presidential campaign three years later.[4] The 2004 edition includes a new preface by Obama and his DNC keynote address.[4]


Further information: Early life and career of Barack Obama

Obama recounts his life up to his enrollment in Harvard Law School. He was born in 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Barack Obama, Sr., of Kenya, and Ann Dunham of Wichita, Kansas, who had met as students at the University of Hawaii. Obama's parents separated in 1963 and divorced in 1964, when he was two years old. Obama's father went to Harvard to pursue his Ph.D. in Economics. After that, he returned to Kenya to fulfill the promise to his nation.

Obama formed an image of his absent father from stories told by his mother and her parents. He saw his father one more time, in 1971, when Obama Sr. came to Hawaii for a month's visit.[5] The elder Obama, who had remarried, died in a car accident in Kenya in 1982.[5]

After her divorce, Ann Dunham married Lolo Soetoro, a Javanese surveyor from Indonesia who was a graduate student in Hawaii. The family moved to Jakarta. When Obama was ten, he returned to Hawaii under the care of his maternal grandparents (and later his mother) for the better educational opportunities available there. He was enrolled in the fifth grade at Punahou School, a private college-preparatory school, where he was one of six black students.[6] Obama attended Punahou School from the 5th grade until his graduation from the 12th grade, in 1979. Obama writes: "For my grandparents, my admission into Punahou Academy heralded the start of something grand, an elevation in the family status that they took great pains to let everyone know." There, he met Ray (Keith Kakugawa), who was two years older and also multi-racial. He introduced Obama to the African-American community.[7]

Upon finishing high school, Obama moved to Los Angeles for studies at Occidental College. He describes having lived a "party" lifestyle of drug and alcohol use.[8][9][10] After two years at Occidental, he transferred to Columbia College at Columbia University, in New York City, where he majored in Political Science.[10]

Upon graduation, Obama worked for a year in business. He moved to Chicago, where he worked for a non-profit as a community organizer in the Altgeld Gardens housing project on the city's mostly black South Side. Obama recounts the difficulty of the experience, as his program faced resistance from entrenched community leaders and apathy on the part of the established bureaucracy. During this period, Obama first visited Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ, which became the center of his spiritual life.[10] Before attending Harvard Law School, Obama decided to visit relatives in Kenya. He recounts part of this experience in the final, emotional third of the book. Obama used his memoir to reflect on his personal experiences with race and race relations in the United States.

Book cover

Pictured in left-hand photograph on cover: Habiba Akumu Hussein and Barack Obama, Sr. (Obama's paternal grandmother and his father as a young boy, respectively). Pictured in right-hand photograph on cover: Stanley Dunham and Ann Dunham (Obama's maternal grandfather and his mother as a young girl).[11]

Persons in the book

With the exception of family members and a handful of public figures, Barack Obama says in the 2004 preface that he had changed names of others to protect their privacy. He also created composite characters to expedite the narrative flow.[12] Some of his acquaintances have recognized themselves and acknowledged their names. Various researchers have suggested the names of other figures in the book:

Actual name Referred to in the book as Salim Al Nurridin Rafiq[13] Margaret Bagby Mona[14] Hasan Chandoo Hasan[15] Earl Chew Marcus[16] Frank Marshall Davis Frank[17] Joella Edwards Coretta[18] Pal Eldredge Mr. Eldredge[19] Mabel Hefty Miss Hefty[20] Loretta Augustine Herron Angela[21] Emil Jones Old Ward Boss[22] Keith Kakugawa Ray[23] Jerry Kellman Marty Kaufman[24] Yvonne Lloyd Shirley[25] Ronald Loui / Terrence Loui (composite) Frederick[26] Greg Orme Scott[27] Johnnie Owens Johnnie[28] Mike Ramos Jeff[29] Sohale Siddiqi Sadik[15] Wally Whaley Smitty[30]


In discussing Dreams from My Father, Toni Morrison, a Nobel Laureate novelist, has called Obama "a writer in my high esteem" and the book "quite extraordinary." She praised

"his ability to reflect on this extraordinary mesh of experiences that he has had, some familiar and some not, and to really meditate on that the way he does, and to set up scenes in narrative structure, dialogue, conversationall of these things that you don't often see, obviously, in the routine political memoir biography.... It's unique. It's his. There are no other ones like that."[31]

In an interview for The Daily Beast, the author Philip Roth said he had read Dreams from My Father "with great interests," and commented that he had found it "well done and very persuasive and memorable."[32]

The book "may be the best-written memoir ever produced by an American politician," wrote Time columnist Joe Klein.[33] In 2008, The Guardian's Rob Woodard wrote that Dreams from My Father "is easily the most honest, daring, and ambitious volume put out by a major US politician in the last 50 years."[34] Michiko Kakutani, the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic for The New York Times, described it as "the most evocative, lyrical and candid autobiography written by a future president."[35]

The audiobook edition earned Obama the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album in 2006.[36] Five days before being sworn in as President in 2009, Obama secured a $500,000 advance for an abridged version of Dreams from My Father for middle-school-aged children.[37]

Time Magazine Top 100 List

In 2011, Time Magazine listed the book on its top 100 non-fiction books written in English since 1923.[38]


  • New York: Times Books; 1st edition (July 18, 1995); Hardcover: 403 pages; ISBN0-8129-2343-X
    • This printing is very rare. Only a few signed copies are known, and are estimated to be worth up to $13,000 (depending on condition).
  • New York: Kodansha International (August 1996); Paperback: 403 pages; ISBN1-56836-162-9
  • New York: Three Rivers Press; Reprint edition (August 10, 2004); Paperback: 480 pages; ISBN1-4000-8277-3
  • New York: Random House Audio; Abridged edition (May 3, 2005); Audio CD; ISBN0-7393-2100-5; Includes the senator's speech from the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
  • New York: Random House Audio; Abridged edition on Playaway digital audio player [39]
  • New York: Random House Large Print; 1st Large print edition (April 4, 2006); Hardcover: 720 pages; ISBN0-7393-2576-0
  • New York: Crown Publishers (January 9, 2007); Hardcover: 464 pages; ISBN0-307-38341-5
  • New York: Random House (January 9, 2007); eBook; ISBN0-307-39412-3
  • Melbourne: Text Publishing (2008); Paperback: 442 pages; ISBN978-1-921351-43-3
  • Arabic: A?lam min abi: qi??at ?irq wa-irth, translated by Hibah Najib al-Sayyid Maghrabi; Iman ?Abd al-Ghani Najm; Majdi ?Abd al-Wa?id ?Inabah, (2009), OCLC460600393
  • Bosnian: Snovi moga oca: prica o rasi i naslijedu, Sarajevo: Buybook (2008), OCLC488621036
  • Chinese: ????????:???? (pinyin: Oubama de mengxiang zhi lu: Yi fu zhi ming; literally: 'Obama's road of dreams: from his father'), translated by Yao-Hui Wang (Chinese: ???) and Kuan-Lan Shih (Chinese: ???). China Times Publishing Company, Taipei, Taiwan, (2008), ISBN978-957-13-4926-8
  • Croatian: Snovi mojega oca: prica o rasi i naslijedu, (2004), ISBN978-953-182-079-0
  • Czech: Cesta za sny meho otce: jedna z nejpusobivejsich autobiografickych knih o sebepoznani a hledani vlastni identity, translated by Marie Cermakova, Praha: Strob, Sirc & Slovak, (2009), ISBN978-80-903947-6-6
  • Danish: Arven fra min far: selvbiografi, Gyldendals Bogklubber, (2009), OCLC488375191
  • Dutch: Dromen van mijn vader, translated by Joost Zwart, Atlas, (2007), ISBN978-90-450-0089-3
  • Finnish: Unelmia isaltani: kertomus rodusta ja sukuperinnosta, translated by Seppo Raudaskoski and Mika Tiirinen, (2009), ISBN978-951-692-723-0
  • French: Les reves de mon pere, translated by Paris Presses de La Cite, Paris, France, (2008), ISBN978-2-258-07597-9
  • German: Ein amerikanischer Traum, Carl Hanser Verlag (2008), ISBN978-3-446-23021-7
  • Greek, Modern: Eikones tou patera mou: he historia henos genous kai mias kleronomias, (2008), ISBN978-960-6689-41-3
  • Hebrew: ?????? ???? (?alomot me-avi), translated by Edna Shemesh, Tel Aviv, Israel, (2008), OCLC256955212
  • Hindi: Pita se mile sapane, translated by Asoka Kumara, Aravinda Kumara Pablisarsa, Gu?agam?va,(2009), ISBN978-81-8452-017-0
  • Indonesian: Dreams from My father: pergulatan hidup Obama, (2009), ISBN978-979-433-544-4
  • Japanese: My Dream: An autobiography of Barack Obama (???????: ?????????), translated by Yuya Kiuchi, Mikiko Shirakura, (2007) ISBN978-4-478-00362-6
  • Korean: Nae aboji robuto ui kkum (? ??????? ?), translated by Kyong-sik Yi, Random House Korea, Seoul, Korea, (2007), ISBN978-89-255-1014-9
  • Marathi: ?rimsa phroma maya phadara, translated by Yamaji Malakara and Nita Kulakar?i, Ameya Prakasana, (2009), OCLC515543205
  • Persian: Ruyaha-ye pedaram, translated by Ritu Ba?ri, (2009), ISBN978-964-174-082-7
  • Persian: Ruyaha-ye pidaram, translated by Manizhih Shaykh Javadi, (2009), ISBN978-600-5253-09-2
  • Polish: Odziedziczone marzenia, translated by Piotr Szymczak, (2008), ISBN978-83-7278-333-2
  • Portuguese: A Minha Heranca, translated by Artur Lopes Cardoso, Cruz Quebrada, (2008), ISBN978-972-46-1830-2
  • Portuguese: A Origem dos Meus Sonhos, translated by Irati Antonio, Renata Laureano & Sonia Augusto, (2008), ISBN9788573125948
  • Serbian: Snovi moga oca: prica o rasi i nasledu, translated by Vesna Dzuverovic; Jasna Simonovic, (2008),ISBN978-86-505-1029-2
  • Spanish: Los suenos de mi padre: una historia de raza y herencia, Vintage Espanol, New York City, New York, (2009), ISBN978-0-307-47387-5
  • Spanish: Los suenos de mi padre: una historia de raza y herencia, translated by Fernando Miranda; Evaristo Paez Rasmussen, Granada: Almed, (2008), ISBN978-84-936685-0-1
  • Swedish: Min far hade en drom, Albert Bonniers forlag (2008), ISBN978-91-0-011728-3
  • Thai: Barak ?Obama: phom likhit chiwit ?eng, translated by Nopphadon Wetsawat, Krung Thep: Samnakphim Matichon, (2008), ISBN978-974-02-0139-7
  • Turkish: Babamdan hayaller: [?rk ve kimlik miras?n?n oykusu], Istanbul: Pegasus Yay?nlar (2008), ISBN978-605-5943-32-5
  • Urdu: Obama ki ap biti, translated by Yasar Javvad, (2009), OCLC421024762
  • Vietnamese: Nh?ng gi?c mo t? cha toi, translated by Quang Nguy?n, (2008), OCLC317713059


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Chapter 1:
Dreams From My Father
President Barack Obamas Dreams from My Father examines significant aspects of feministic influence throughout the book. One of the most influential characters in Barrys life is his mother. We first see an influence of Obamas mother in the preface. Obama mentions how differently he would have written the book, if he had known his mother wouldnt survive her illness. He would have written it with a drastic difference in the way his mother is portrayed throughout the memoir.

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Ann Dunham, a freethinking and fearless white woman from Kansas, who married a black man from Kenya, paves the way for young Barry to become a successful student and leader. Barely two years into the marriage, she was left to raise Barry alone; yet she returned to college, studied for an anthropology degree and remarried, to an Indonesian student whom she followed to Jakarta with her son. Nonetheless, she fretted that Indonesian schools were inadequate and dragged her son from bed at 4am to teach him English for three hours before school.

Barry recalls her saying, If you want to grow into a human being, youre going to need some values (49). As Barry grew up, his mother spent a lot of her time teaching him the virtues and ways to embrace the blackness within him. He says, Her message was to embrace black people generally. She would come home with books about the civil rights movement (51). We see here that Obama became aware of how people would treat him differently once he moved back to America. He realizes after that his mother was only trying to warn him about the discrimination he would face; essentially, his mother teaches him what it is like to be different and to embrace it. Another important feminine influence that molded some of the ways of his thinking was his grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, known as Toot.

She raised him in his teenage years and was the backbone of the family. She struggled through sexism to become the first woman vice-president at her local bank and out-earned her husband in particular situations. Obama realizes that his grandmothers expectations for herself were never really anticipated. At first, he questions how anyone could believe that they cannot succeed, but he comes to an understanding about his grandmothers situation at a very young age, which helps him understand American culture as he moves on to college in Los Angeles. Barry realizes that all his grandmother wanted was fulfilling the needs of hergrandchildren and that is what Barry believed kept her going all those years. She would say, So long as you kids do well, thats all that matters (57).

When Barry moves to Los Angeles for school, he meets several women who have a significant influence on his life. First there is Joyce, who was, according to Barry, a good-looking woman with green eyes and honey skin. However, in a conversation where Barry asks Joyce whether or not she will be attending a Black Students Association Meeting, she replies with an answer that Barry was not expecting. Joyce replies, Why should I have to choose between them? Its not white people who are making me choose. Maybe it used to be that way, but now theyre willing to treat me like a person. No- its black people making me choose. Theyre the ones telling me that I cant be who I am (99). Joyce is a multiracial woman from African, French and Native American decent, and Barry is surprised when she answers the way she does.

He realizes that all Joyce was doing was blaming the other people. He began asking himself questions such as, Why is it that the white people get to be treated like individuals? And why are we the half-breeds and the college-degreed grouped into a different category? In a way, Barry feels as if Joyce is pathetic and he wonders why anyone would downplay their black race. From this interaction with Joyce, Barry realizes that he is not much different from Joyce; maybe he is also confused about his race. There is also Regina, who is much of the reason Barry leaves to continue his education in Manhattan. Regina is another one of Barrys classmates and a powerful woman who is proud to be black. As a contrast to Joyce, Regina is responsible for pulling the blackness out of Barack. Regina begins to slowly make Barry realize how he should embrace his color and everything about it. There were several incidents where Regina forces him to think about his race. For example, when Regina asks why Barry never uses his real name or when they both begin to talk about their childhood. Another example is when she asks Barry his reasons for reading a racist book in the coffee shop. After having all these conversations with Regina, Barry makes a comment, Strange how a single conversation can change you (105). He realizes that he needs to embrace his culture and be certain of his color and who he is.

Another feminine influence is seen when Auma, Barrys sister, comes to visit from Kenya. This is when Barry begins to really experience his father; Auma brings him the story of the Old Man. She is a strong and driven character and someone that Barry needed at this point in his life. She was a positive impact on Barry and leaves him with more questions, I still wonder sometimes how that first contact with Auma altered my lifeNot so much the contact itselfcoming at a time when the idea of becoming an organizer was still just that, an idea in my head, a vague tug at my heart (138). We also see a lot of Auma when Barry visits Kenya.

She is the one who takes Barry to see his relatives and houses him during his stay. Before traveling to Kenya, Barry meets several people who all have a specific impact on Barry at some point during his job as a community organizer in Chicago. Mona, Angela and Shirley are the first of the women who Barry meets when coming to his first community event. There is also Sadie, who he works with to get rid of the asbestos in the residential units of Altgeld Gardens. After the fallout involving Sadie and the asbestos meeting, Barry hears from another woman Bernadette that gets him thinking again, Aint nothing gonna change. Mr. Obama. We just gonna concentrate on saving our money so we can move outta here as fast as we can (248). As he works with these different women and hears their stories of the hardships that they are forced to face, it makes him realize that the women of the area only need some faith and someone to push them to do better.

When Barry visits Kenya, he meets several of his relatives, many of them being the women of his fathers family. Of the several aunts and relatives he meets while in Kenya, Granny is the one who tells him the story of his grandfather and father, Ohyango and Barack Sr.. While Granny is telling the story, Auma interrupts to complain about how the women are always doing all the work in the family. Auma and Granny begin to have a conversation regarding the women customs of Kenya. This begins to get Barry thinking, I leaned back on the mat and thought about what Granny said. There was a certain wisdom there, I supposed; she was speaking of a different time, as I too was listening to the story of our grandfathers youth (406). Barry realizes that the culture in Kenya is very patriarchal yet the women of hisfamily seem to succeed more then the men. Barack realizes that he will always have questions whether it is about his father or himself; it is just a matter of accepting them and moving forward.

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance [ebook free] by Barack Obama (epub/mobi)
In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his fathera figure he knows more as a myth than as a manhas been killed in a car accident. This sudden death inspires an emotional odysseyfirst to a small town in Kansas, from which he retraces the migration of his mothers family to Hawaii, and then to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family, confronts the bitter truth of his fathers life, and at last reconciles his divided inheritance.

Elected the first black president of the Harvard Law Review, Obama was offered a book contract, but the intellectual journey he planned to recount became instead this poignant, probing memoir of an unusual life. Born in 1961 to a white American woman and a black Kenyan student, Obama was reared in Hawaii by his mother and her parents, his father having left for further study and a return home to Africa. So Obamas not-unhappy youth is nevertheless a lonely voyage to racial identity, tensions in school, struggling with black literature?with one month-long visit when he was 10 from his commanding father. After college, Obama became a community organizer in Chicago. He slowly found place and purpose among folks of similar hue but different memory, winning enough small victories to commit himself to the work?hes now a civil rights lawyer there. Before going to law school, he finally visited Kenya; with his father dead, he still confronted obligation and loss, and found wellsprings of love and attachment. Obama leaves some lingering questions?his mother is virtually absent? but still has written a resonant book.








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