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Four Hundred Souls by Ibram X. Kendi, Keisha N. Blain

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

Ibram X. Kendi, Keisha N. Blain

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Imprint: The Bodley Head Ltd
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication date: 4 Feb 2021
ISBN: 9781847926869
5 stars out of 5
11 Apr 2021

"Four Hundred Souls is all the richer for its plurality of perspectives"

What follows, as the book’s subtitle makes clear, is a whistle-stop tour of 400 years, in a series of crisply written three- or four-page essays, short stories and personal reflections. It’s a fresh and engaging voyage that includes confounding accounts of the 1676 Rebellion led by Nathaniel Bacon, in which enslaved Africans and indentured whites united to overthrow colonial rule in Virginia; ruminations on the 18th-century “sacred sound of freedom” heard in Afro-Brazilian religions; and the contemporary resonance of a 19th-century manifesto for self-sufficiency in Freedom’s Journal, the first African American-owned newspaper.