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About the Show

President Donald Trump inherits a country deeply divided by politics, race, gender, culture and economics - divisions that helped fuel his rise to the White House. What are the roots of the partisan gridlock, populist anger and racial tensions that charged the 2016 presidential campaign? And what is the legacy of President Barack Obama, who rode to office on the promise of transforming politics and uniting America? This four-hour series examines how Obama’s promise of change and unity quickly collided with political realities and racially-charged resistance. Also explored is the civil war within the Republican party, with turning points over the past eight years that exposed simmering divisions among the American people. The series is a revelatory story not just about Barack Obama’s presidency, but America itself. Episode 1 of 4.