LETTERS TO PRESIDENT OBAMA
“Letters to President Obama is an exciting and fascinating project offering Americans the chance to share with one another the excitement of a milestone in American and African-American history.”
—Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
On October 28th, 2008, Skyhorse Publishing announced plans to publish Letters to President Obama: Americans Share Our Hopes and Dreams with the First African-American President.
Scheduled for publication in April 2009, it is designed to capture the country’s excitement and hope at a time of change and transformation.
No one could have predicted even two years ago that in January 2009, an African American would take the oath of office as President of the United States. This new collection of contributions is being created to stand as a time capsule of this exciting moment in history. Written by citizens themselves, it will reflect and dramatize the range of emotions and aspirations Americans of all walks of life are willing to share with President Barack Obama as he prepares to take office.
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Bill Wolfsthal, Associate Publisher at Skyhorse, commented, “I know this book will make a unique statement about who we are as Americans in 2009 and will provide an opportunity for citizens to share their feelings with one another—both by writing letters and reading the finished book.”
Central to the book is the African-American experience, but Americans of every race, color, gender, and age will be represented. From children and seniors, from cities and farms, all have something to share with with one another and with President Barack Obama.
Edited by a team comprised of professors from the University of Michigan and Cornell University , Letters to President Obama is being created to stand as a time capsule to memoriale how we, as a nation, feel during this dramatic moment in history.
The Editors of Letters to President Obama
Professor Hanes Walton, Jr. is on the faculty of the Center for Political Studies and the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan . He has a PhD in government from Howard University.
Dr. Josephine A. V. Allen is professor emerita of policy analysis and management at Cornell University and professor of social work in the College of Community and Public Affairs at Binghamton University. She holds a PhD in political science and social welfare administration and policy from the University of Michigan. She lives in Ithaca, New York.
Dr. Sherman Puckett works with the Wayne County Department of Public Services. He holds a PhD in urban and regional planning from the University of Michigan . He lives in Detroit , Michigan .
Professor Donald R. Deskins, Jr. teaches urban geography and sociology at the University of Michigan . He holds a PhD from the University of Michigan . He lives in Ann Arbor , Michigan .
Letters to President Obama
$19.95 Hardcover (Can. $22.95) / ISBN 978-1-60239-714-9
6” x 9” / 320 pages / Politics / April
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