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INDEX PAGE

THE NATION CLASSROOM
American History as It Happened

RACE RELATIONS and CIVIL RIGHTS
MODULE EIGHT: 1991–Present

STUDENT PRACTICE ACTIVITY TWO

CLOSE READING

Carefully reread Document Five, “We the People,” by Melissa Harris-Lacewell, and then answer the questions below based on your reading.

1. How does the author feel about Obama being elected? Why does she feel this way? Cite text evidence.
2. What does the author mean by the “double consciousness”?
3. What examples of this “double consciousness” does the author cite?
4. Why does the author repeat the lines “We the people” throughout the excerpt?

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