How did Barack Obama shatter the quintessential barrier in American politics? Once he became the first Black president, did he help lower racial animosity, or did his presence incite an even-worse divide?

In his new book, "The Black President: Hope and Fury in the Age of Obama," Dr. Claude Clegg explores how the 44th president left his mark on those of different races, along with the obstacles that sprouted to block his path. 

He is the only American president who could have created certain moments of healing, like when a young boy felt the president's hair, to see if it felt like his own. Or when he sang "Amazing Grace" during the eulogy for those killed in a racist attack. 

But he is also the only to ever be questioned on the most basic credential for high office: whether he was actually an American. 

Follow along as Dr. Clegg explores not only Obama's mixed background, but the complicated legacy his president left behind.

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