How the Word is Passed takes an unflinching look at America’s history of slavery. It moves beyond traditional narratives that focus narrowly on the institution in the South, instead reckoning with how racism and its legacy have played out across the country. The book offers a searing indictment of white supremacy while also celebrating Black resilience and community-building. Ultimately, it calls for all Americans to take responsibility for grappling with this painful past—so that we can move towards a more just future.
For who is this book for ?
This book is for readers who want to better understand America’s history of slavery and its legacy. It provides an in-depth look at the ways that racism has been perpetuated across the country, offering a fresh perspective on this important topic.
- The book provides a comprehensive overview of America’s history of slavery.
- It offers fresh perspectives on the issue, and challenges traditional narratives about racism and its legacy.
- It is an important call to action for all Americans to confront the ugly truths of our past.
- The book is dense and covers a lot of material
- It can be difficult to follow at times
- The author’s bias towards certain topics or events may not be palatable for all readers
Learn more about the author
Clint Smith is a writer, teacher, and PhD candidate at Harvard University. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, Salon, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Science Foundation and TEDxManhattanBeach.
“Clint Smith’s How the Word is Passed should be required reading in every school across America. It provides a much-needed and brutally honest examination of our shared history with slavery, one that is long overdue. This book challenges all of us to confront the ways racism continues to impact our lives today, and offers invaluable insights into how we can begin to dismantle it. If you’re looking for an essential read on race in America, look no further.”
“This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the deep roots of racism in America. Clint Smith’s writing is powerful and searing, and he provides historical context that is both necessary and enlightening. It’s clear that he has a commitment to building bridges across difference, and I am hopeful that his work will help us all take steps towards reconciliation.”
“The power of How the Word is Passed comes from Clint Smith’s willingness to risk everything, including his own safety and sanity, in order for us to see Black lives as they truly are. This book needs to be read by everyone who wants understand the current state of America.”
“This powerful and moving book offers a fresh reckoning with America’s history of slavery, stretching across the nation. Smith provides an unblinking analysis of how racism has shaped every aspect of our society, while also celebrating Black resilience and community-building. Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the origins of contemporary racial tensions in America.”