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By Janny Scott

The New York Times bestseller-an unparalleled look at the lifestyles and personality of the lady who raised a president.

Barack Obama has written commonly approximately his father yet credited his mom for "what is healthier in me." nonetheless, little is understood approximately this fiercely autonomous, lively lady who raised the guy who turned the first biracial president of the U.S.. This publication is that story.

In A Singular Woman, award-winning New York Times reporter Janny Scott tells the tale of this exact girl, Stanley Ann Dunham, who broke the various ideas of her time, and exhibits how her fierce instance helped impact the longer term president-and can function an suggestion to us all.

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39. 8. See Letter, Lucy Osgood to Lydia Maria Child, June 2, 1859, Lydia Maria Child Papers, Cornell University Library, Ithaca, New York; Letter, Thomas W. Higginson to Louisa Storrow Higginson, June 17, 1859, quoted in Mary T. ), Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, 1846–1906 (New York: Negro Universities Press, 1906), 81; and Franklin B. Sanborn, “Harriet Tubman,” Boston Commonwealth: July 17, 1863. 9. F. James Davis, Who Is Black? One Nation’s Definition (University Park, PA: Penn State Press, 1991).

An octoroon had seven-eighths or more white blood, a quadroon three-fourths white blood, and a mulatto five eighths to three-eighths white blood. 11 This caste system was so entrenched in the slave community that there were slave women in the Deep South who did not resist the sexual advances of their white masters because of “the prestige that such a relationship would bring for them” and the “social acceptability” their mulatto offspring would gain. 2 million. 12 Thus, the caste system that emerged from the distinctions between black and mulatto was accepted—if not celebrated—by both African Americans and whites in antebellum society.

Larson, Bound for the Promised Land, 97–98; and Clinton, Road to Freedom, 23–24. Chapter 2 LIBERTY OR DEATH, 1841–1850 Harriet’s growing sense of independence coincided with a steady decline in Maryland’s slave labor. Changing economic conditions placed a higher premium on more mobile, free labor on the Eastern Shore. In Dorchester County, the slave population dropped by 20 percent, to just over 4,000 between 1790 and 1850, and the free black population exploded from just 528 to almost 4,000 during the same period.

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