A vital addition to [the] curriculum on race in America . . . a gateway to the solo works of all the voices in Kendi and Blain s impressive 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 suffering and unexpected transcendence. O: The Oprah Magazine
The story begins in 1619 a year before the Mayflower when the White Lion disgorges some 20-and-odd Negroes onto 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.
This is a history that illuminates our past and gives us new ways of thinking about our future, written by the most vital and essential voices of our present.
- Verlag: One World / Penguin Random House
- Seitenzahl: 504
- Erscheinungstermin: 2. Februar 2021
- Abmessung: 244mm x 162mm x 48mm
- Gewicht: 808g
- ISBN-13: 9780593134047
- ISBN-10: 0593134044
- Artikelnr.: 60094929
This collection teaches us that nothing about the latest crisis is new that for four hundred years, Americans have whistled a Yankee Doodle Dandy tune of national self-congratulation while reliving repeating cycles of racial violence and hypocrisy. . . . This project is a vital addition to that curriculum on race in America and should serve as a gateway to the solo works of all the voices in Kendi and Blain s impressive choir. The Washington Post
Two leading scholars of Black culture gather writers from across genres in this provocative, stirring anthology on the traumas and triumphs of African Americans across four centuries. From journalist Nikole Hannah-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 suffering and unexpected transcendence. O: The Oprah Magazine, 20 of the Best Books of February 2021 to Fall in Love With
Edited by two of the brightest minds in all of literature and historical studies today, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Dr. Keisha N. Blain, the massive tome takes a community approach to telling the stories of Black history for the past four hundred years. . . . Absolutely essential reading for anyone who wants to know more about the incredible struggles and immense achievements of African America over the past four centuries. Shondaland
Four Hundred Souls consists of eighty chronological chapters that bring to life the numerous and previously overlooked facets of slavery, segregation, resistance and survival. In these pages, dozens of extraordinary lives and personalities resurface from archives and are restored to their rightful place in the narrative of American history. The Root
"An impeccable, epic, essential vision of American history as a whole and a testament to the resilience of Black people. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
With a diverse range of up-and-coming scholars, activists, and writers exploring topics both familiar and obscure, this energetic collection stands apart from standard anthologies of African American history. Publishers Weekly
This seamless collection crackles with rage, beauty, bitter humor, and the indomitable will to survive. Booklist (starred review)