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How the word is passed : a reckoning with the history of slavery across America

Call Number

  • 973.0496 S6447 (CEN, EAS, OSH, POW)

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First edition.

Publication Information

New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2021.

Physical Description

xiii, 336 pages ; 25 cm


How the Word is Passed is Clint Smith's revealing, contemporary portrait of America as a slave owning nation. Beginning in his own hometown of New Orleans, Smith leads the reader through 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 nations collective history, and ourselves.


  • "The whole city is a memorial to slavery:" prologue
  • "There's a difference between history and nostalgia:" Monticello Plantation
  • "An open book, up under the sky:" The Whitney Plantation
  • "I can't change what happened here:" Angola Prison
  • "I don't know if it's true or not, but I like it:" Blandford Cemetery
  • "Our Independence Day:" Galveston Island
  • "We were the good guys, right?" New York City
  • "One slave is too much:" Gorée Island
  • "I lived it:" epilogue
  • About this project.

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