• How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America
  • How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America
ISBN: 0316492930
EAN13: 9780316492935
Language: English
Release Date: Jun 1, 2021
Pages: 336
Weight: 1.737243 lbs.
Format: Hardcover

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We need this book. -Ibram X. Kendi, #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to be an Anti-Racist

The Atlantic staff writer and poet Clint Smith's revealing, contemporary portrait of America as a slave owning nation

Beginning in his own hometown of New Orleans, Clint Smith leads the reader through an unforgettable tour of monuments and landmarks--those that are honest about the past and those that are not--that offer an intergenerational story of how slavery has been central in shaping our nation's collective history, and ourselves.

It is the story of the Monticello Plantation in Virginia, the estate where Thomas Jefferson wrote letters espousing the urgent need for liberty while enslaving over 400 people on the premises. It is the story of the Whitney Plantation, one of the only former plantations devoted to preserving the experience of the enslaved people whose lives and work sustained it. It is the story of Angola, a former plantation-turned maximum security prison in Louisiana that is filled with Black men who work across the 18,000-acre land for virtually no pay. And it is the story of Blandford Cemetery, the final resting place of tens of thousands of Confederate soldiers.

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I am grateful that Smith did the research and wrote the book, Raymond said. There are so many amazing stories that were overlooked or even hidden when I was in school. Such books fill in the gaps between the writer and the reader.
   Excellent tour of history
The book provided a historical tour of some of the country's most important sites.
   Amazing story!!
You think you know it's fiction, but it's actually a non-fiction story. The whole thing is a travesty, and it needs to be brought to the world. A French court has sentenced the singer to 10 years in prison.
   Read this!
I recommend this book to anyone who reads nonfiction. Investigating historical remnants of slavery allows Smith to offer a fresh and needed perspective on the impact of slavery's impact on our society today, he said.
   Important read to better understand US history.
An important book to read for a better understanding of the American Revolution.
   A Must Read
History of slavery in the United States. Great deal of sensitivity and intelligence, Frost said. It would be great to see it in every high school or college curriculum, as well as book clubs.
   One of those books everyone needs to read.
This book is the kind of book we should be using in high school more and including in the core of the MnTC, he said. If you liked this book, I recommend you read it.
   The true history of the United States
The book is a mind blowing and devastating read. It should be mandatory reading in every high school classroom.
   An important book for everyone trying to understand racism in America
I first heard him speak on a podcast with Brene Brown. As a 58-year-old white woman, I am interested in the understanding of the systemic racism in our country. I'm devouring books by Isabelle Wilkerson, Ibram Kendi and Jhumpa Lahiri. In a way, the book differs from the guides at each location because the author educates us through both the guides and his experience as a Black man. The three sites provide insight into the foundation and perpetuation of racism in America. Thanks again for taking me on this journey! It was well worth the investment.
   Turning the myth of slavery on its ear
Earlier this week I heard Terry Gross interview novelist Clint Smith on NPR's Fresh Air. In his book, "How the Word is PassedA ReckoningWith the History of Slavery Across America," writer Clint Smith traces the rise and fall of 19th century lynchings. A professor at the University of Texas at Austin, Smith is also a celebrated poet and educator. In "The Blair Witch's" book, Blair said, "it is interesting, informative, personal and deeply disturbing." From there he visits a number of sites, including the Whitney Plantation, Angola Prison, Blandford Cemetery, Galveston, Texas, and New York City. Everywhere he goes, he encounters a cacophony of opinions and stories about what people know about slavery. The book reveals that many black Americans still live in the slavery of inequality. The book reveals a lot of truth that I needed to hear, Dr. Shelby said. I want to read more.