Harold Washington

The Takeaway

Race and President Obama's Historic Reelection Campaign

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Before he was even in the Senate, Barack Obama claimed that he was inspired to move to Chicago by Harold Washington, a man who would become the city's first African-American mayor. What else do these writers of political history have in common? Anna Sale, reporter for It’s a Free Country, leads us through the parallels of the lives of Harold Washington and Barack Obama.

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The Obama Reelection Playbook: Lessons From Harold Washington

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

He had defied expectations and won an election by registering scores of new voters inspired by the possibility of electing a black leader. In office, he tried to govern above the fray but faced bruising opposition that brought his agenda to a halt. It was 25 years ago in Chicago, and the candidate was named Harold Washington.

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