How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America

Stars: 5/5

Location: Sites of slavery and Black history in the United States, including Virginia, Louisiana, New York, Texas, and Ghana

Sub-genre: History

Publication Date: 2021

Not a traditional travel book, but excellent place-based writing as Clint Smith travels to plantations, cemeteries, prisons, and more across the United States and to Ghana to learn more about how about the history of slavery is tied into the history of the United States as a whole—and how that history affects life today. Excellent writing and I appreciated Smith’s openness to talk to and not jump to conclusions about the people he talks to and learns about. Honest and important, a highly-recommended read that really brings the reader into the places and stories Smith explores.

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