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Stamped From the Beginning

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

Stamped From the Beginning is probably the most impactful book I have ever read (incredibly

high praise, I know). One of my favorite aspects of this book is the author's editorial commentary; not only does Ibram X. Kendi tell you what happens in history, he offers additional insight on the significance of certain events so it doesn't read like a textbook. Every page is filled with information, it's incredible how much scholarship went into the making of this book. 

It's hard to quantify how much this book has taught me. One of the biggest takeaways is learning that no person in history is simply good or bad. Kendi captures the nuances when discussing historical figures and their beliefs (I particularly enjoyed W.E.B. Du Bois' section and how even he held some racist/assimilationist beliefs at the beginning of his career but changed throughout his lifetime). I'm so grateful for this book, the black community, and everyone united in the fight against racism. 

Reviewer: Erica


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