How the Word Is Passed A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America

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How the Word Is Passed A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America by Smith, Clint, 9780316492935
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  • ISBN: 9780316492935 | 0316492930
  • Cover: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 6/1/2021

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Instant #1 New York Times bestseller

PEN America 2022 John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction Finalist

Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Awards

NBC News, one of 10 Books about Black History to Read in 2022


A New York Times 10 Best Books of 2021

Time 10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2021


Named a Best Book of 2021 by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The EconomistSmithsonianEsquire, EntropyThe Christian Science Monitor, WBEZ's Nerdette Podcast, TeenVogueGoodReads, SheReads, BookPage, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Fathom Magazine, the New York Public Library, and the Chicago Public Library

One of GQ’s 50 Best Books of Literary Journalism of the 21st Century

Longlisted for the National Book Award

Los Angeles Times,
Best Nonfiction Gift


One of President Obama's Favorite Books of 2021

Beginning in his hometown of New Orleans, Clint Smith leads the reader on 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 nation’s 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, How the Word Is Passed 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, Smith’s debut work of nonfiction 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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