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

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

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.

Title:Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019
ISBN:9780593134047
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  • Raymond

    In Four Hundred Souls, Ibram Kendi and Keisha Blain have assembled a great group of 90 writers and poets to tell the history of African Americans from 1619-2019. Each writer wrote an essay for every 5...

  • Traci at The Stacks

    I was really impressed with the overall scope of this book. Wildly ambitious. I loved how the book dealt with major known events and then minor characters all but lost to history. The different styles...

  • BookOfCinz

    Talk about a historical tome… WOW! Ibram X Kendi and Keisha N. Blain did an amazing job if editing the history of African America for over four hundred years, with over 80 contributors in the form o...

  • Maxwell

    Unlike anything I've read before, Four Hundred Souls examines the 400 year history of African America through the chorus of Black voices working and writing today. It starts with the arrival of a few ...

  • Faith

    This is a very ambitious collection of essays covering the 400 year history of people of African ancestry who have been in America from 1619 through 2019. Each essay discusses a person, event, movemen...

  • Never Without a Book

    Beginning with the first slave ship that brought Africans to America in 1619, Four Hundred Souls, is an essential collection that brings lesser-known historical events to the forefront, with noteworth...

  • Patience K Phillips

    My first review at the bottom exploded within a few minutes of reading. Scroll down to the line to see this first snibitt of shock.Upon completing, Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African A...

  • Sahitya

    I would have definitely added this book to my tbr anyway because it has Dr. Kendi’s name attached to it, but it was the whole concept of a collection of Black voices coming together to create a comm...

  • sarah

    Four Hundred Souls is a highly ambitious retelling of Black America's story from 1619-2019 told by 90 different writers. It touches on a myriad of issues, everything from the war on drugs to slavery t...

  • MissBecka Gee

    Each chapter is an essay, poem, or personal reflection on a different passage in time; presented in 5 year chunks. Instead of inundating the reader with everything that happened in the 5 year gap, it ...