Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
Call Number: Essential Read
Publication Date: New York: Bold Type Books, 2017
In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative (winner of the National Book Award), Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. He uses the life stories of five major American intellectuals to drive this history: Puritan minister Cotton Mather, Thomas Jefferson, abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, W.E.B. Du Bois, and legendary activist Angela Davis. As Kendi shows, racist ideas did not arise from ignorance or hatred. They were created to justify and rationalize deeply entrenched discriminatory policies and the nation's racial inequities.