Stamped from the beginning : the definitive history of racist ideas in America

by Kendi, Ibram X.,

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Summary
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.
Contents
Part I. Cotton Mather ; Human hierarchy ; Origins of racist ideas ; Coming to America ; Saving souls, not bodies ; Black hunts ; Great awakening
Part II. Thomas Jefferson ; Enlightenment ; Black exhibitS ; Created equal ; Uplift suasion ; Big bottoms ; Colonization
Part III. William Lloyd Garrison. Gradual equality ; Imbruted or civilized ; Soul ; The impending crisis ; History's emancipator ; Ready for freedom? ; Reconstructing slavery ; Reconstructing blame
Part IV. W.E.B. Du Bois ; Renewing the south ; Southern horrors ; Black Judases ; Great white hopes ; The birth of a nation ; Media suasion ; Old deal ; Freedom brand ; Massive resistance
Part V. Angela Davis. The act of civil rights ; Black power ; Law and order ; Reagan's drugs ; New Democrats ; New Republicans ; 99.9 percent the same ; The extraordinary Negro
Epilogue.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This heavily researched yet easily readable volume explores the roots and the effects of racism in America. Kendi, assistant professor of African American history at the University of Florida, offers this history through chronologically arranged sections based on the lives of five figures from American history: socially and politically influential Puritan minister Cotton Mather; President Thomas Jefferson; prominent abolitionist and social reformer William Lloyd Garrison; civil rights activist and author W. E. B. Du Bois; and political activist and writer Angela Davis. Kendi posits that there is a three-way argument happening between segregationists, who blame black people for racial disparities; antiracists, who blame discrimination; and assimilationists, who think everyone is at fault. The narrative smoothly weaves throughout history, culminating in the declaration that as much as we'd like it to be, America today is nowhere near the postracial country that the media declared following the election of Barack Obama in 2008. The hope here is that by studying and remembering the lessons of history, we may be able to move forward to an equitable society.--Vnuk, Rebecca Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Racism -- United States -- History.
United States -- Race relations.
Publisher New York :2016
Language English
Description viii, 582 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 516-561) and index.
ISBN 9781568584638
1568584636
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