How the Word Is Passed debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Congratulations, Clint!
Beginning in his hometown of New Orleans, 2020 Emerson Fellow 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—that offer an intergenerational story of how slavery has been central in shaping our nation’s collective history, and ourselves.
A deeply researched and transporting exploration of the legacy of slavery and its imprint on centuries of American history, How the Word Is Passed illustrates how some of our country’s most essential stories are hidden in plain view—whether in places we might drive by on our way to work, holidays such as Juneteenth, or entire neighborhoods like downtown Manhattan, where the brutal history of the trade-in enslaved men, women, and children have been deeply imprinted.
Join the New America Fellows Program, Clint Smith, and Adam Harris, Class of 2021, for a conversation about the role memory and history can play in making sense of our country and how it has come to be.
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Clint Smith, @ClintSmithIII
2020 Emerson Fellow, New America
Author, How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America
Adam Harris, @AdamHSays
2021 National Fellow, New America
Author, The State Must Provide: Why America's Colleges Have Always Been Unequal—and How to Set Them Right (Forthcoming, August 2021)
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