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This 1960's photo provided by the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., shows Obama with his mother Ann Dunham.
updated 5/5/2009 12:37:09 PM ET 2009-05-05T16:37:09

A dissertation written by President Barack Obama's late mother is being published.

Duke University Press said Monday that an edited version of Ann Dunham's anthropological study about rural craftsmen in Indonesia is scheduled to reach stores this fall. Dunham completed the study three years before she died in 1995.

Duke marketing manager Emily Young said the foreword was written by the president's half-sister and Dunham's daughter, Maya Soetoro-Ng.

The book is based on Ann Dunham's 14 years of research among village workers on the Indonesian island of Java.

Young said the project came to the university's press arm because it has a reputation for publishing anthropological studies.

The White House had no immediate comment Monday.

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