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“A very important addition to [the] curriculum on race in America . . . a gateway to the solo works of the entire voices in Kendi and Blain’s spectacular choir.”—The Washington Post
“From journalist Hannah P. Jones on Jamestown’s first slaves to historian Annette Gordon-Reed’s portrait of Sally Hemings to the seductive cadences of poets Jericho Brown and Patricia Smith, Four Hundred Souls weaves a tapestry of unspeakable struggling and sudden transcendence.”—O: The Oprah Magazine
The tale starts in 1619—a yr sooner than the
White Lion disgorges “some 20-and-odd Negroes” onto the shores of Virginia, inaugurating the African presence in what would turn into the United States. It takes us to the current, when African Americans, descendants of the ones at the
White Lion and one thousand different routes to this nation, proceed a adventure outlined by way of inhuman oppression, visionary struggles, shocking achievements, and tens of millions of odd lives passing thru atypical historical past.
Four Hundred Souls is a singular one-volume “group” historical past of African Americans. The editors, Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain, have assembled 90 sensible writers, each and every of whom takes on a five-year duration of that four-hundred-year span. The writers discover their classes thru quite a lot of tactics: historic essays, quick tales, non-public vignettes, and fiery polemics. They manner historical past from quite a lot of views: throughout the eyes of towering historic icons or the untold tales of odd other folks; thru puts, regulations, and items. While subject matters of resistance and battle, of hope and reinvention, path throughout the e book, this number of numerous items from 90 other minds, reflecting 90 other views, basically deconstructs the concept Africans in America are a monolith—as a substitute it unlocks the startling vary of reviews and concepts that experience all the time existed inside the group of Blackness.
This is a historical past that illuminates our previous and provides us new tactics of enthusiastic about our long run, written by way of probably the most necessary and crucial voices of our provide.
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