I mentioned this free course back in July, but, given the historic nature of Tuesday's election, it seems worth giving it another mention.
On Stanford's YouTube channel, you'll find a complete series of lectures from an undergraduate course called "African-American History: Modern Freedom Struggle." Taught by Clayborne Carson, a prominent history professor who has edited and published the papers of Martin Luther King, Jr., the course overviews the struggle for liberty and complete equality, moving from W.E.B. Du Bois (early 20th century), to MLK and Malcolm X, down to Barack Obama today. The lecture below, entitled "Barack Obama's American Dream," situates Obama within the larger sweep of African-American history. It's rather conversational in style, and it does a good job of getting into Obama's personal biography. The complete lectures can be watched in their entirety on YouTube here, or downloaded in video via iTunes. And be sure to see our larger collection of 250 Free Online Courses from Leading Universities, where you'll also find this course.