Table of Contents
   Prologue: The Mystery of Michelle Obama's Rootsp. 1
   Migration
      Phoebe, the Wandererp. 19
      St. Louisp. 29
      Siren Song of the Northp. 38
      A Family Grows in Chicagop. 46
      Exploding Dreamsp. 60
      A Child of the Jazz Agep. 72
      A Man of Promisep. 77
      Stumbling Backwardp. 81
      Love in Hard Timesp. 87
      Struggling and Strivingp. 98
      The Search for the Truthp. 111
   The Demise of Reconstruction and the Rise of Jim Crow
      A Man on the Risep. 119
      Left Behindp. 130
      Neither Black Nor Whitep. 141
      The Reckoningp. 153
      Birmingham, The Magic Cityp. 161
      Two Brothers, Two Destiniesp. 171
      The One-Armed Patriarchp. 179
      Twilightp. 188
      The Search for the Truth: Atlantap. 198
   Slavery and Emancipation
      A Slave Girl Named Melviniap. 209
      Journey To Georgiap. 218
      South Carolina Goldp. 228
      A Child Is Bornp. 240
      Born Freep. 251
      Exodusp. 264
      The Civil Warp. 271
      Uneasy Freedomp. 285
   Epilogue: Melvinia's Secretp. 297
   Acknowledgmentsp. 305
   Notesp. 311
   Bibliographyp. 357
   Indexp. 369