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As Barack Obama became the first black candidate to win the nation’s highest elected office, msnbc.com was on hand to document the thoughts and emotions of members of three generations of African-Americans. Click on the photos below to read a specific thread, or on the NBC logo to read field reports on the role of race in the election. Or you can scan the posts at right to read them in chronological order.

Validus Prep students

Students at Validus Prep, the Bronx, N.Y.

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Tammy Baker, office worker, Nashville, Tenn.

Henry McGee Jr.

Henry McGee Jr., law professor, Seattle, Wa.


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Witnessing history

Posted Friday, October 31 at 02:32 pm CT by msnbc.com
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No matter the outcome of Tuesday's vote, the 2008 election has been one for the history books, producing the first major party black candidate for president and the first woman on the GOP ticket, among other milestones.

Witnessing History, an msnbc.com special report, is an early attempt to bring some long-term perspective to the campaign and election.


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