Barack Obama is the first man ever to run openly for US president as a black man, surely a historic time in America. But, if elected, will Obama really be our first black president? The New York Times Magazine, April 6, 2008, takes a closer look with some intriguing allegations made way back in the 1920’s.
Will Americans vote for a black president? If the notorious historian William Estabrook Chancellor was right, we already did. In the early 1920s, Chancellor helped assemble a controversial biographical portrait accusing President Warren Harding of covering up his family’s “colored” past. According to the family tree Chancellor created, Harding was actually the great-grandson of a black woman. Under the one-drop rule of American race relations, Chancellor claimed, the country had inadvertently elected its “first Negro president.”