Four Hundred Souls


Four Hundred Souls is an epoch-defining history of African America, the first to appear in a generation, told by ninety leading Black voices, co-curated by Ibram X. Kendi, author of the million-copy bestseller How To Be an Antiracist, and Keisha N. Blain, author of Set the World on Fire.

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Four Hundred Souls

In chronological chapters, each by a different author and spanning five years, the book charts the four-hundred-year journey of African Americans to the present – a journey defined by inhuman oppression, visionary struggles and stunning achievements.

Contributors include some of today’s leading writers, historians, journalists, lawyers, poets and activists. Together – through essays and short stories, personal vignettes and fiery polemics – they redefine America and the way its history can be told.