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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.

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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.

In the first installment, our reporters interviewed three generations of African-Americans to find out what they see as the significance of Sen. Barack Obama's candidacy and their hopes and fears if he is elected president.

In this blog, we will check back in with the people we profiled, but also ask a broader swath of Americans for their thoughts on the campaign and the outcome. 


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