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Four Hundred Souls
A Community History of African America, 1619-2019
Edited by: Ibram X. Kendi Edited by: Keisha N. Blain
9780593134047 Hardcover English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional / African American & Black Feb 02, 2021
$42.00 CAD
Active 6.44 x 9.54 x 1.66 in | 1.76 lb 528 pages Random House One World
A “choral history” of African Americans covering 400 years of history in the voices of 90 writers, edited by the bestselling, National Book Award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi and award-winning historian Keisha N. Blain.

2019 marked the four hundredth anniversary of the first captive Africans in Virginia—and also launched the Four Hundred Souls project, spearheaded by Ibram X. Kendi, founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research, and Keisha N. Blain, associate professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh and the president of the African American Intellectual History Society. They’ve gathered together ninety Black writers from all disciplines to tell one of history’s great epics: the journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present. With lyrical interludes from ten poets, eighty writers take on a five-year period of that four-hundred-year span, exploring their periods through a variety of techniques: historical essays, short stories, personal vignettes, and fiery polemic. This comprehensive, dynamic, single-volume work is an essential historical keepsake.

Edited by award-winning historians. Ibram X. Kendi is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller How to Be an Antiracist and the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning. Keisha N. Blain is an editor for The Washington Post’s “Made by History” section and the author of Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom and Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer’s Enduring Message to America.

All-star list of contributors. The contributors range from popular historians like Annette Gordon-Reed to bestselling creative writers like Kiese Laymon to poets like Morgan Parker to journalists like Jamelle Bouie and Isabel Wilkerson. Together they create a multi-textured mix of storytelling styles and devices for a lively, consistently surprising reading experience.

First single-volume history of African Americans written by a community of African Americans. The book will satisfy a massive hole in the market for a single-volume history of Black people in America. Unlike more argumentative works—like the 1619 Project—or books focused on one era or theme, this book will cover the full swath of African American history.

A work of essential comprehensive history and an essential keepsake. A community history collected by two historians of the Black experience; most of the pieces were written in 2019 to commemorate the symbolic four-hundred-year birthday of Black America.

Cover art is the work of Bayo Iribhogbe

Ibram X. Kendi is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and the founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. He is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News correspondent. He is the author of five books including Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction; How to Be an Antiracist; Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and Antiracist Baby, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky. Keisha N. Blain is an award-winning historian, professor, and writer. She is currently an associate professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh, the president of the African American Intellectual History Society, and an editor for The Washington Post’s “Made by History” section. Her writing has appeared in popular outlets such as The Atlantic, The Guardian, Politico, and Time. She is the author of Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle of Freedom and Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer’s Vision of America.

Author Residence: Boston, MA

Author Hometown: New York, NY

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“The authors, each in their individual voice, raise a Black chorus, demystify racial assumptions, connect the dots of law and jurisprudence, lay the unspoken cultural truths bare, look at the engineering of the foundational aspects of institutional racism and show an America ashamed of its history…. Feel the endurance and resilience of how Blacks resisted, revolted, organized, demanded, protested and rebelled. Feel the joy in the absurdity of remaining American in the face of such obstacles.”—George McCalman,  San Francisco Chronicle

“This collection teaches us that nothing about the latest crisis is new—that for four hundred years, Americans have whistled a ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’ tune of national self-congratulation while reliving repeating cycles of racial violence and hypocrisy…. This project is a vital addition to that curriculum on race in America and should serve as a gateway to the solo works of all the voices in Kendi and Blain’s impressive choir.”The Washington Post

“Two leading scholars of Black culture gather writers from across genres in this provocative, stirring anthology on the traumas and triumphs of African Americans across four centuries. From journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones on Jamestown’s first slaves to historian Annette Gordon-Reed’s portrait of Sally Hemings to the seductive cadences of poets Jericho Brown and Patricia Smith, Four Hundred Souls weaves a tapestry of unspeakable suffering and unexpected transcendence.”O: The Oprah Magazine, “20 of the Best Books of February 2021 to Fall in Love With”

“Edited by two of the brightest minds in all of literature and historical studies today, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Dr. Keisha N. Blain, the massive tome takes a community approach to telling the stories of Black history for the past four hundred years. . . . Absolutely essential reading for anyone who wants to know more about the incredible struggles and immense achievements of African America over the past four centuries.”—Shondaland

“Four Hundred Souls consists of eighty chronological chapters that bring to life the numerous and previously overlooked facets of slavery, segregation, resistance and survival. In these pages, dozens of extraordinary lives and personalities resurface from archives and are restored to their rightful place in the narrative of American history.”The Root

"An impeccable, epic, essential vision of American history as a whole and a testament to the resilience of Black people.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“With a diverse range of up-and-coming scholars, activists, and writers exploring topics both familiar and obscure, this energetic collection stands apart from standard anthologies of African American history.”Publishers Weekly

“This seamless collection crackles with rage, beauty, bitter humor, and the indomitable will to survive.”Booklist (starred review)

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