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THE NATION CLASSROOM
History as It Happened

RACE RELATIONS and CIVIL RIGHTS
MODULE EIGHT: 1991-Present

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES – 2019/08/09: Protesters marching in the streets – Community organizations and Activists demanding police accountability gathered for a rally and march at the clock in Grand Central Terminal on August to commemorate the 5 year anniversary of Mike Brown’s death by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. Four participants were arrested during the march in Times Square for alleged disorderly conduct. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)

STUDENT PRACTICE ACTIVITY TWO

Carefully re-read Document Five, “Obama Elected” by Melissa Harris-Lacewell, and answer the following questions:

1. How does Harris-Lacewell 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 Harris-Lacewell cite?

4. Why does the author repeat the phrase “We the people” throughout the excerpt?

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