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Th e Burden of Jekyll and Hyde: Barack Obama, Racial Identity, and Black Political Behavior

WithLORRIE FRASURE

Today, we popularly know Barack Obama as a man at the top of his game, the man with adoring worldwide audiences who shattered racial barriers on his way to the White House. However, less than a decade before his historic 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama was a little known Illinois State Senator who got his hat handed to him by a Black incumbent in a congressional primary.