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Clint Smith

How the Word Is Passed

by Clint Smith

How the Word Is Passed

Clint Smith

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This groundbreaking book travels across the United States and abroad to provide a historical overview of slavery and its defining role in creating the America we know today.

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How the Word Is Passed

by Clint Smith

How the Word Is Passed

Clint Smith

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Plantations, monuments, prisons, and cemeteries across the American landscape mark our understanding of this nation. The education system may provide us with a perfunctory understanding of these sites, but how are these stories told? Who is at their center?

In this book, Clint Smith, poet and staff writer at The Atlantic, traverses the U.S. and beyond to examine and link the foundational sites of slavery with its continuing iterations today. Longlisted for the National Book Award and named a Best Book of 2021 by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Economist, How the Word is Passed is a critical examination of the elementary myths that constitute the nation.

With profound insight and comprehensive research How the Word is Passed forensically unearths and analyzes histories of slavery, from the Transatlantic trade to its modern-day forms.

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"The history of slavery is the history of the United States. It was not peripheral to our founding; it was central to it. It is not irrelevant to our contemporary society; it created it. This history is in our soil, it is in our policies, and it must, too, be in our memories."

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