Year 16, Book 58

58. How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America by Clint Smith

Clint Smith visits various monuments, memorials, plantations, prisons, and cemeteries around the United States as well as Gorée Island in Senegal to examine how these historical places are used to tell the story of slavery or how the history of slavery intertwined with them is ignored or given an alternate history than the actual truth about slavery. It’s a really excellent look at how important the stories we tell ourselves are to how history is told. It’s a book that everyone should read. I give it a 9 out of 10.

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