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Four Hundred Souls

A Community History of African America 1619-2019

Author: Ibram X. Kendi  

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An epoch-defining history of African America co-curated by bestselling author of How To Be an Antiracist

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An epoch-defining history of African America co-curated by bestselling author of How To Be an Antiracist

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An epoch-defining history of African America, the first to appear in a generation, Four Hundred Souls is a chronological account of four hundred years of Black America as told by ninety of America's leading Black writers. Curated by Ibram X. Kendi, author of the number one bestseller How To Be an Antiracist, and fellow historian Keisha N. Blain, Four Hundred Souls begins with the arrival of twenty enslaved Ndongo people on the shores of the British colony in mainland America in 1619, the year before the arrival of the Mayflower. In eighty chronological chapters, the book charts the tragic and triumphant four-hundred-year history of Black American experience in a choral work of exceptional power and beauty. Contributors include some of the best-known scholars, writers, historians, journalists, lawyers, poets and activists of contemporary America who together bring to vivid life countless new facets to the drama of slavery and resistance, segregation and survival, migration and self-discovery, cultural oppression and world-changing artistic, literary and musical creativity. In these pages are dozens of extraordinary lives and personalities, rescued from the archives and restored to their rightful place in America's narrative, as well as the ghosts of millions more. Four Hundred Souls is an essential work of story-telling and reclamation that redefines America and changes our notion of how history is written.

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Ibram X. Kendi (Author) Ibram X. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. He is the author of many books including Stamped from the Beginning- The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America , which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, and three #1 New York Times bestsellers, How to Be an Antiracist , which was also a Sunday Times bestseller ; Stamped- Racism, Antiracism, and You, co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and Antiracist Baby , illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky. Kendi lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Keisha N. Blain (Author) Keisha N. Blain is an award-winning historian, professor and writer. She is currently an associate professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh, the president of the African American Intellectual History Society, and an editor for the Washington Post 's 'Made by History' section. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic , Guardian , Politico and Time . She is the author of Set the World on Fire- Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle of Freedom and Until I Am Free- Fannie Lou Hamer's Vision of America .

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Publisher
Penguin Random House | Jonathan Cape
Published
2nd February 2021
Pages
432
ISBN
9781847926906
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