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Anti-Racist Parent BOTM: FOUR HUNDRED SOULS (edited by Ibram X. Kendi & Keisha N. Blain)

Anti-Racist Parent BOTM: FOUR HUNDRED SOULS (edited by Ibram X. Kendi & Keisha N. Blain)

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The story begins in 1619—a year before the Mayfloweronto the shores of Virginia, inaugurating the African presence in what would become the United States. It takes us to the present, when African Americans, descendants of those on the White Lion and a thousand other routes to this country, continue a journey defined by inhuman oppression, visionary struggles, stunning achievements, and millions of ordinary lives passing through extraordinary history. 


Four Hundred Souls is a unique one-volume “community” history of African Americans. The editors, Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain, have assembled ninety brilliant writers, each of whom takes on a five-year period of that four-hundred-year span. The writers explore their periods through a variety of techniques: historical essays, short stories, personal vignettes, and fiery polemics. They approach history from various perspectives: through the eyes of towering historical icons or the untold stories of ordinary people; through places, laws, and objects. While themes of resistance and struggle, of hope and reinvention, course through the book, this collection of diverse pieces from ninety different minds, reflecting ninety different perspectives, fundamentally deconstructs the idea that Africans in America are a monolith—instead it unlocks the startling range of experiences and ideas that have always existed within the community of Blackness. 

 

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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