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Stamped from the Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
Stamped from the Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
Stamped from the Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
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Stamped from the Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

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WINNER OF THE 2016 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR NONFICTION
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER IN RACE AND CIVIL RIGHTS
FINALIST FOR THE 2016 NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR NONFICTION
THE MOST AMBITIOUS BOOK OF 2016 —The Washington Post
A BOSTON GLOBE BEST BOOK OF 2016
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A CHICAGO REVIEW OF BOOKS BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF 2016
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Some Americans cling desperately to the myth that we are living in a post-racial society, that the election of the first Black president spelled the doom of racism. In fact, racist thought is alive and well in America--more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues in Stamped from the Beginning, if we have any hope of grappling with this stark reality, we must first understand how racist ideas were developed, disseminated, and enshrined in American society.

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. Stamped from the Beginning uses the life stories of five major American intellectuals to offer a window into the contentious debates between assimilationists and segregationists and between racists and antiracists. From Puritan minister Cotton Mather to Thomas Jefferson, from fiery abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison to brilliant scholar W.E.B. Du Bois to legendary anti-prison activist Angela Davis, Kendi shows how and why some of our leading proslavery and pro-civil rights thinkers have challenged or helped cement racist ideas in America.

Contrary to popular conceptions, racist ideas did not arise from ignorance or hatred. Instead, they were devised and honed by some of the most brilliant minds of each era. These intellectuals used their brilliance to justify and rationalize deeply entrenched discriminatory policies and the nation's racial disparities in everything from wealth to health. And while racist ideas are easily produced and easily consumed, they can also be discredited. In shedding much-needed light on the murky history of racist ideas, Stamped from the Beginning offers us the tools we need to expose them--and in the process, gives us reason to hope.

Editor's Note

Antiracism reads…

In this National Book Award winner, Ibram X. Kendi traces the history of racist ideas in America, specifically through the three concepts of segregation, assimilation, and antiracism. Kendi contextualizes recent events, including the tragic killing of Black men and women and urgent calls for racial justice. Powerful, eye-opening, and deeply researched, this chronicle of the seeds and spread of prejudice is a necessary read.

LanguageEnglish
PublisherNovel Audio
Release dateFeb 7, 2017
ISBN9781518940927
Stamped from the Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    A well thought out book on a heavy topic. Others may feel offended - but I'd you are offended, I think you should talk it out and work out why you felt as such. Leave much to think about.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Brilliantly written! A must read by all. Add this one to your library.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Hello,


    I find this book very intriguing in that the discovery of one's freedom through words was related to one's ability to display reaction kindly. I like how an overview of how feelings were dismissed for the freedom to look at one another and understand how a life back in civil years, were being led. Great strong prtoagonism and a leading hand for the strong charactorism. Thanks.


    Sincerely,


    Angelic D. Casados
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    This book is an impressive feat. The conception of racist ideas has been prolific, and all of them were, are, and will become a means of dominance. I learned/understood how such assertions impact the lives of millions of human beings, inside and outside the USA. I think that the implication that the author suggests that eliminating racism and the ideas that have made it linger would help eliminate other inequalities in the world is fascinating and attractive.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    This book should an absolutely “must read” for every Black history course!
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Fantastic. Required listening for every North American! Every chapter peeled back the layers of lies that have been the one uniting theme of American history. Maybe, as the book concludes: "the time for change is now!" It feels like this is possible at this point in the planet's history.