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How the word is passed: a reckoning with the history of slavery across America

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Clint Smith's revealing, contemporary portrait of America as a slave owning nation. Beginning in his own hometown of New Orleans, Smith leads the reader through an unforgettable tour of monuments and landmarks - those that are honest about the past and those that are not - that offer an intergenerational story of how slavery has been central in shaping our nations collective history, and ourselves. It is the story of the Monticello Plantation in Virginia, the estate where Thomas Jefferson wrote letters espousing the urgent need for liberty while enslaving more than four hundred people. It is the story of the Whitney Plantation, one of the only former plantations devoted to preserving the experience of the enslaved people whose lives and work sustained it. It is the story of Angola, a former plantation–turned–maximum-security prison in Louisiana that is filled with Black men who work across the 18,000-acre land for virtually no pay. And it is the story of Blandford Cemetery, the final resting place of tens of thousands of Confederate soldiers. A deeply researched and transporting exploration of the legacy of slavery and its imprint on centuries of American history, this book illustrates how some of our country’s most essential stories are hidden in plain view—whether in places we might drive by on our way to work, holidays such as Juneteenth, or entire neighborhoods like downtown Manhattan, where the brutal history of the trade in enslaved men, women, and children has been deeply imprinted. Informed by scholarship and brought to life by the story of people living today, here is a landmark of reflection and insight that offers a new understanding of the hopeful role that memory and history can play in making sense of our country and how it has come to be.
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subject_facetAfrican Americans
African Americans -- History -- To 1863
African Americans -- Social conditions -- History
African Americans -- Study and teaching
Audiobooks
Discrimination
Discrimination -- United States
Ethnology -- Study and teaching
Historic sites -- United States
History
Large type books
Minorities -- Study and teaching
Monuments -- United States
Plantations -- United States
Racism -- United States -- History
Slaveholders -- United States -- History
Slavery -- United States -- History
title_displayHow the word is passed : a reckoning with the history of slavery across America
title_fullHow the Word Is Passed A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America
How the word is passed : a reckoning with the history of slavery across America / Clint Smith
How the word is passed [compact disc] : a reckoning with the history of slavery across America / Clint Smith
How the word is passed [large print] : a reckoning with the history of slavery across America / Clint Smith
Reckoning with the history of slavery across America
title_shortHow the word is passed
title_suba reckoning with the history of slavery across America
topic_facetAfrican Americans
Discrimination
Ethnology
Historic sites
History
Minorities
Monuments
Nonfiction
Plantations
Racism
Slaveholders
Slavery
Social conditions
Sociology
Study and teaching
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