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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.

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

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Field reports from NBC and affiliates

'The mothers are bringing their sons'

Posted Tuesday, November 4 at 11:01 am CT by Bill Dedman
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People were lined up early at the polling station at Public School 55 in the Bronx.

"I've never seen it like this," said pollworker Lenore Gardner. "When I got here at 20 after 5, they were already out there waiting." The polls opened at 6 a.m.

"The mothers are bringing in their sons," she said. "The girls, the come on their own. But the sons the mothers bring."

(See other posts from the Bronx.)

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