Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America 1619-2019

Author(s): Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

History | Other Non-fiction

An epoch-defining history of African America, the first to appear in a generation, Four Hundred Souls is a chronological account of four hundred years of Black America as told by ninety of America's leading Black writers. Curated by Ibram X. Kendi, author of the number one bestseller How To Be an Antiracist, and fellow historian Keisha N. Blain, Four Hundred Souls begins with the arrival of twenty enslaved Ndongo people on the shores of the British colony in mainland America in 1619, the year before the arrival of the Mayflower. In eighty chronological chapters, the book charts the tragic and triumphant four-hundred-year history of Black American experience in a choral work of exceptional power and beauty. Contributors include some of the best-known scholars, writers, historians, journalists, lawyers, poets and activists of contemporary America who together bring to vivid life countless new facets to the drama of slavery and resistance, segregation and survival, migration and self-discovery, cultural oppression and world-changing artistic, literary and musical creativity. In these pages are dozens of extraordinary lives and personalities, rescued from the archives and restored to their rightful place in America's narrative, as well as the ghosts of millions more. Four Hundred Souls is an essential work of story-telling and reclamation that redefines America and changes our notion of how history is written.


Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9781847926906
  • : Penguin Random House
  • : The Bodley Head
  • : 0.674
  • : February 2021
  • : 4.8 Centimeters X 15.4 Centimeters X 23.4 Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 973.0496073
  • : 973.0496073
  • : Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain
  • : Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain
  • : Paperback
  • : Paperback
  • : 432
  • : 432