Describe the major characters in "Dreams from My Father" by Barack Obama.

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Dreams from My Father is an autobiographical work written by Barack Obama. It was first published in 1995 and republished in 2004 when Obama was elected to the United States Senate.

The protagonist of the work is Barack Hussein Obama Jr, who was born on born August 4, 1961, and served two terms as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. This book was published before Obama was elected president and tells of Obama's youth and education leading up to his acceptance to Harvard Law School. In many ways, this is a story of the "American Dream" of a biracial young man, raised by a single mother, who eventually grew up to be an ultimate American success.

Ann Dunham (November 29, 1942–November 7, 1995) was an American anthropologist who was especially focused on the lives and economic roles of women in Indonesia. She was originally from Wichita, Kansas. She was Obama's mother and raised him in Hawaii and Indonesia, and she influenced Obama's interest in social justice, women's issues, and global poverty.

Barack Obama Sr., of Kenya, was Obama's father. He married Ann Dunham in 1961 and separated from her in 1963, which was followed by a 1964 divorce. He was not really present in Obama's childhood, but Obama describes his efforts to imagine and think about his absent father while growing up.

Other important characters in the book include Lolo Soetoro, Obama's stepfather; Obama's maternal grandparents, Madelyn “Toot” Dunham and Stanley “Gramps” Dunham; and Obama's high school friend "Ray" (Keith Kakugawa).

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Barack Obama's memoir covers the time period from his birth in Hawaii in 1961 to his entrance to Harvard Law School in 1988.

Obama writes about his mother, Ann Dunham, a Kansas native and anthropologist whose specialty was the economic development of Indonesia. He also writes of his Indonesian stepfather, Lolo Soetoro Mangunharjo, with whom he lived in Jakarta from the ages of six to ten before returning to Hawaii to live with his maternal grandparents, Stanley and Madelyn Dunham.

Obama writes of his biological father, Barack Obama Senior, a Kenyan who became an economist for the Kenyan government. The former president recalls a month spent together with his father in Hawaii when he was ten and credits him for sparking his interest in jazz and basketball.

Obama changed the names of many of the people he mentions in the memoir to protect their privacy.

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This book is a memoir; the characters are real people. The author and narrator is Barack “Barry” Obama, who at the time of this writing was a Harvard graduate who was working as a rights organizer within the black community of Chicago. He had not yet become a state senator. He had been born in Hawaii.

The rest of the people who appear most often in the narrative are members of his extended family. These include his mother, Ann Dunham Obama Soetoro, an anthropologist, who moved from Hawaii to Indonesia. Maya is Barack’s younger half-sister, who came along after his mother married an Indonesian man named Lolo. Barack’s father is Barack Obama Sr., a Kenyan of the Luo tribe, known as “The Old Man,” who met Ann when he attended college in Hawaii. They were married for about three years. Young Barack was raised mostly by his maternal grandparents, Madelyn “Toot” Dunham and Stanley “Gramps” Dunham, who were both originally from Kansas but who relocated to Hawaii after World War II. Barack has a number of half-siblings based in Kenya, including half-sister Auma and half-brothers Roy, David, Mark, and Bernard. He also met there some of his aunts, his father’s sisters: Zeituni, Jane, and Sarah.

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