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

Key insights from Ibram X. Kendi's

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


Key insights from Ibram X. Kendi's

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

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A history professor profiles some of the most important perpetrators and critics of American racism.

If President Donald Trump’s rise to the White House has taught us anything, it’s that neither liberal narratives about progress on our attitudes toward race nor conservative assertions of a post-racial America are true. In “Stamped from the Beginning,” we have a new approach, which looks racism squarely in the eye and probes its rippling effects.

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  • Want to learn about racism and its origins from a historical perspective
  • Enjoy learning about historical figures and the impact they still have on America today
  • Are dissatisfied with conventional explanations of racism
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Introduction

Many historians, often with respectable intentions, try to identify a single, definitive cause of racism in America. In reality, there are two histories at work that have built racism as it exists today: one of racial progress and the other of racist progress. These forces of equality and inequality have been sparring with one another from the very beginning of our history and have been demonstrated by recent United States politics. For example, when Barack Obama took the nation’s highest seat of political power, the Trump contingent responded with freshly polished racist ideas...

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