Letters and Politics

The History of Racist Ideas in the United States with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, an assistant professor of African American History at the University of Florida. He is an accomplished author. His second book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, was recently released by Nation Books.

About the book:
In thi3c9c15_414681d0e301455f8dc4a7781e6dc985-mv2_d_1900_2860_s_2s 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.

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