Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
  • Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
  • Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
ISBN: 1568585985
EAN13: 9781568585987
Language: English
Release Date: Aug 15, 2017
Pages: 608
Dimensions: 2" H x 9" L x 6" W
Weight: 1.11 lbs.
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Book Overview

The National Book Award winning history of how racist ideas were created, spread, and deeply rooted in American society.

Some Americans insist that we're living in a post-racial society. But racist thought is not just alive and well in America--it is more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues, racist ideas have a long and lingering history, one in which nearly every great American thinker is complicit.

In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. He uses the life stories of five major American intellectuals to drive this history: Puritan minister Cotton Mather, Thomas Jefferson, abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, W.E.B. Du Bois, and legendary activist Angela Davis.

As Kendi shows, racist ideas did not arise from ignorance or hatred. They were created to justify and rationalize deeply entrenched discriminatory policies and the nation's racial inequities.

In shedding light on this history, Stamped from the Beginning offers us the tools we need to expose racist thinking. In the process, he gives us reason to hope.

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5
   I learned a lot
I was deeply moved by the book and how we continue to treat black people differently because of the color of their skin. He urged Americans who believe in justice and fairness to read the entire book. It's just that we need to learn how to get along.
 
5
   Must read, challenging and eye opening
Pauley, in an interview, said the book was "amazingly eye opening and challenging." For example, why is this history not taught in school? This book is a must read for all, especially during these days of social unrest and hopeful change. A great book to start some self-education, not just in the U.S. but in the world.
 
5
   Such an enlightening read!
It's amazing how little I know about American history. If we could share of this context around the history we teach in grade school, we might see progress in making the change that is needed, he said. I enjoyed the way Ibram Kendi walked through the various phases of racial injustice to show how it's evolved into today's system, he said.
 
5
   Brilliant and compelling
I'm grateful that my colleague insisted I read the book before I started work, Hollingworth said. Referring to the history of racist ideas and policies in this country, Dr. Abraham Lincoln's speech is clear and undeniable. Thanks for this work, said Dr. Kendi.
 
5
   A Must Read Insight to America
Absolutely a scholarly and detailed discussion of the reason for the invention of race and the assignment of supposed natural servitude of black people, incredibly detailed from original documentation. Kendi is very intelligent, diligent and traces threads of influences and stubborn economic basis for slavery, Jim Crow and the hypocrisy of the so called Post-Racist Era. To understand American History, you must first understand the American Revolution.
 
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   I wouldn’t waste a penny on this book again.
This was the worst scholarly book I ever read. Kendi’s biases were evident throughout the book. He also suggests that the government should take into account the intellectual property rights of those who presented the evidence.
 
4
   requires a lot of researching.
The test was mandatory last year at high school. Like the Holocaust, the younger generations have to be made aware of the darkest time in this nation's history. A close look at what we have in Washington today should make us see what a slippery slope our democracy lives on, he said. Bill Frist, inventor of the Roomba, said the technology was "invented by people who couldn't get away with murder."
 
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   Overrated
The fawning, superficial and un-surprisingly-biased Mr. O'Neill was a mere trifle. Badly written and virtually unknown quantity. There is a reason most of the blurbs are from third and fourth-rate sources.
 
5
   Extremely informative. As a history teacher and as an ...
Extremely informative and user-friendly. As a history teacher and as an African-American, I learned so much from this book. Through this book, WEB Du Bois hopes to give background information that will help to further explain some of the current racial attitudes and issues. I hope more white Americans will read this book.
 
5
   White people should read this
I have read many great books, but this is one of the great histories. I was highlighting passages on pretty much every page because, well, I was new to this. Hey, I'm an upper middle class white guy who's trying to examine my own privileges and understand more of why there's so much racism in this country, and learn how I can do better, Mr. Byrd said. This book, which was undoubtedly extremely difficult to write, is an amazing resource, one I'll be referring to for the rest of my life. We all owe Ibram Kendi a tremendous debt, Taylor said.
 
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