Why this book?
I believe that this book is one of those special texts that is as much about the present as it is the past. Best of all, Smith interviews and engages with so many different individuals in his research that he rarely needs to speak for others. This book teems with first-hand personal accounts that include everyday people expressing a little bit of everything, be it passing on racist misinformation, correcting current misconceptions with keen historical insights, or philosophically musing about public memory, commemoration, and memorialization.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S FAVOURITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR
A NUMBER ONE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR NON-FICTION
'A beautifully readable reminder of how much of our urgent, collective history resounds in places all around us that have been hidden in plain sight.' Afua Hirsch, author of Brit(ish)
Beginning in his hometown of New Orleans, Clint Smith leads the reader on an unforgettable tour of monuments and landmarks - those that are honest about the past and those that are not - which offer an intergenerational story of how slavery has been central in…