by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain (editors)
Four Hundred Souls is about African American history, from 1619—when the White Lion, the first African slave ship, arrived in Virginia—to the present, but it’s also a really interesting book for anyone fed up with the standard historical narratives we learn in school. The book is a series of essays by historians and journalists, activists and poets. Altogether, it brings together 90 Black voices in 80 chronological chapters.
We spoke to Keisha N Blain, co-editor of the book, about Black women’s history.