A More Perfect Union, speech on race relations by Senator Barack Obama in 2008, signed on the title page.
Octavo, [10 leaves]. Housed in custom blue cloth folder, title in gilt on front cover. Speech consists of 10 loose printed sheets mounted in folder with archival corners and a mylar cover. Full piece measures 9.5″ x 12″. All leaves in fine condition. A unique piece of presidential history, delivered on March 18, 2008 at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
In the wake of an ABC News story about Senator Barack Obama’s Chicago pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the campaign felt the need to address race relations in America. Obama’s comments denouncing the radical accusations of Rev. Wright were not quieting the controversy, so a speech was planned to address the issue. The speech would define candidate Obama and remains one of the most influential campaign speeches in presidential history. “I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother?a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe. These people are a part of me. And they are a part of America, this country that I love.” – Barack Obama