Circumstances

In this part of the study guide, we will discuss the circumstances surrounding Barack Obama’s speech on reclaiming the American Dream.

The speech was delivered on 7th of November, 2007 in Bettendorf, Iowa, during Barack Obama’s two-day tour in the state of Iowa. The tour was part of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and involved Obama traveling across the country, delivering speeches, participating in debates and rallies, and presenting his political agenda.

It is important to know that, during his presidential campaign, Obama initially competed against other Democrat candidates for the Democratic Party's nomination, including Hillary Clinton. Throughout their campaigns, Clinton was more popular than Obama with American middle-class workers, something which Obama tries to change in his speech. As he wants th...

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