The National Book Award winning history of how racist ideas were created, spread, and deeply rooted in American society.

Product Code: 9154
ISBN: 9781645030393
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Bold Type Books
Pages: 736
Published Date: 06/20/2023
Availability:In stock
Price: $22.99

Some Americans insist that we’re living in a post-racial society. But racist thought is not just alive and well in America — it is more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues, racist ideas have a long and lingering history, one in which nearly every great American thinker is complicit.

In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, 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.

In shedding light on this history, Stamped from the Beginning offers us the tools we need to expose racist thinking. In the process, he gives us reason to hope.

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Preface to the 2023 Edition

Part 1 Cotton Mather
1. Human Hierarchy
2. Origins of Racist Ideas
3. Coming to America
4. Saving Souls, Not Bodies
5. Black Hunts
6. Great Awakening

Part II: Thomas Jefferson
7. Enlightenment
8. Exhibits
9. Created Equal
10. Uplift Suasion
11. Big Bottoms
12. Colonization

Part III: William Lloyd Garrison
13. Gradual Equality
14. Imbruted or Civilized
15. Soul
16. The Impending Crisis
17. History’s Emancipator
18. Ready for Freedom?
19. Reconstructing Slavery
20. Reconstructing Blame

Part IV: W. E. B. DU BOIS
21. Renewing the South
22. Southern Horrors
23. Black Judases
24. Great White Hopes
25. The Birth of a Nation
26. Media Suasion
27. Old Deal
28. Freedom Brand
29. Massive Resistance

Part V: Angela Davis
30. The Act of Civil Rights
31. Black Power
32. Law and Order
33. Reagan’s Drugs
34. New Democrats
35. New Republicans
36. 99.9 Percent the Same
37. The Extraordinary Negro


"An engrossing and relentless intellectual history of prejudice in America.... The greatest service Kendi [provides] is the ruthless prosecution of American ideas about race for their tensions, contradiction and unintended consequences."?Washington Post

"We often describe a wonderful book as 'mind-blowing' or 'life-changing' but I've found this rarely to actually be the case. I found both descriptions accurate for Ibram X. Kendi's Stamped from the Beginning... I will never look at racial discrimination again after reading this marvellous, ambitious, and clear-sighted book." ?George Saunders, Financial Times, Best Books of 2017

"A deep (and often disturbing) chronicling of how anti-black thinking has entrenched itself in the fabric of American society."?The Atlantic

"A staggering intellectual history of racism in America that is both rigorous and ...readable."?New Republic

"An intricate look at the history of race in the U.S., arguing that many well-meaning American progressives inadvertently operate on belief systems tinged with a racist heritage."?TIME

"Ambitious, well-researched and worth the time of anyone who wants to understand racism." ?Seattle Times

"Kendi upends many commonly held beliefs about how racism works, exploring the ideas and thinkers behind our most intractable social and cultural problem."?Boston Globe

"An altogether remarkable thesis on history, but, in ways that are both moving and immediately painful, it also reverberates with the post-election autopsy we're all conducting right now... Stamped from the Beginning is a riveting (and often rivetingly written) work, well deserving of the National Book Award."?The Stranger

"The National Book Awards show the way toward the America we want, not the one we're getting."?New York Magazine

"Kendi has done something that's damn near impossible: write a book about racism that breaks new ground, while being written in a way that's accessible to the nonacademic. If you've ever been interested in how racist ideas spread throughout the United States, this is the book to read."?The Root

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