This site is designed to introduce visitors--and potential new readers!--to my work as a historian who studies, writes about, and appreciates the fullness of the human experience, in all of its richness and diversity. From biographies of prominent leaders to hopeful migrations and tragic conflicts, this site is dedicated to challenging readers to think in new and deeper ways about history and the times in which we live.

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· The first authoritative history of the Obama 

  presidency in its entirety.

· Captures the America that made Barack Obama’s

  White House years possible, while at the same time

  rendering the America that resolutely resisted the

  idea of a black chief executive thus making

  conceivable the ascent of the most unlikely of his


· Centers the experiences of African Americans and

  the ways that they experienced, imagined, and

  interpreted the Obama presidency and its legacy.

· A nonpartisan book based on a wide range of 

  sources,  including government records, interviews,

  and insider accounts.

· Available from Johns Hopkins University Press,

  Amazon.com, and anywhere books are sold.

· Available in book, digital, and audio formats.

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"I can think of no twentieth-century leader with anything like the impact of Elijah Muhammad whose life has been so profoundly unexamined.  [Clegg] has brought Muhammad to light in a fluidly written biography rich with information, analysis and suspense."

The New York Times Book Review

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"This is a brilliant and fascinating account that has filled in many gaps. . . .  There is a lot that Liberians can learn from this work that should provide a context for reconciliation and reconstruction."

Amos Sawyer, Interim President of Liberia (1990-1994) and author of  The Emergence of Autocracy in Liberia

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"Claude A. Clegg III's beautifully written and well-designed case study of a triple lynching, Troubled Ground, has brought the army of historians who study this particular form of American violence back to their roots."

The Journal of American History