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Michelle Obama

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Born into a family of modest means in Chicago, Michelle Obama was inspired to reach her full potential through the example set by her parents, particularly by her father's courageous battle with multiple sclerosis. After graduating from Chicago public schools, she earned admission to Princeton University and later Harvard Law School-nearly impossible achievements for earlier generations of African-American women. At the Chicago law firm of Sidley & Austin, she began her legal career and met her future ...

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Overview

Born into a family of modest means in Chicago, Michelle Obama was inspired to reach her full potential through the example set by her parents, particularly by her father's courageous battle with multiple sclerosis. After graduating from Chicago public schools, she earned admission to Princeton University and later Harvard Law School-nearly impossible achievements for earlier generations of African-American women. At the Chicago law firm of Sidley & Austin, she began her legal career and met her future husband, Barack Obama. Together, the two embarked upon a singular partnership that would take them from the South Side of Chicago to the White House. As a wife, mother, attorney, and now first lady, Michelle Obama has offered a powerful example of what hard work, dedication, and perseverance can achieve.

Covering noted historic and contemporary figures in the arts, business, sports, entertainment, politics, sciences, and social advocacy, among, other fields, Women of Achievement profiles women who have made significant and influential contributions to their professions and to the world at large. Each book in the series gives students a complete overview of the subject's life, as well as insight into her professional and personal motivations, while also providing historical context to her achievements.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604139112
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Series: Women of Achievement Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: Library Edition
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 An Election for the Ages 7

2 The Shieldses, the Robinsons, and the Great Migration 13

3 South Side Roots 26

4 Whitney Young High School 39

5 Princeton Blues 48

6 A Legal Career Takes Shape 62

7 Tragedies and Turning Points 75

8 Career, Politics, and Family 84

9 On to the White House 101

10 First Lady 112

Chronology 122

Notes 125

Bibliography 132

Further Resources 133

Picture Credits 134

Index 135

About the Author 141

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