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

by Kendi, Ibram X.,

Format: Print Book 2016
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Summary
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist, the National Book Award-winning masterwork revealing how racist ideas were created, spread, and became 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.

Praise for Stamped from the Beginning:

"We often describe a wonderful book as 'mind-blowing' or 'life-changing' but I've found this rarely to actually be the case. I found both descriptions accurate for Ibram X. Kendi's Stamped from the Beginning... I will never look at racial discrimination again after reading this marvellous , ambitious , and clear-sighted book." - George Saunders, Financial Times , Best Books of 2017

" Ambitious, well-researched and worth the time of anyone who wants to understand racism." -- Seattle Times

"A deep (and often disturbing) chronicling of how anti-black thinking has entrenched itself in the fabric of American society." -- The Atlantic

Winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction A New York Times Bestseller A Washington Post Bestseller On President Obama's Black History Month Recommended Reading List
Finalist for the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction Named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Boston Globe , Washington Post , Chicago Review of Books , The Root , Buzzfeed , Bustle , and Entropy

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 exhibit
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 and index.
ISBN 9781568585987
9781568584638
1568584636
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