Wed, Jun 01

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Bushel Collective

Book Discussion: How the Word is Passed [In-Person]

Join us at Bushel for a discussion of Clint Smith's #1 New York Times Best Selling book "How the Word is Passed (2021)"

Book Discussion: How the Word is Passed [In-Person]

Time & Location

Jun 01, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Bushel Collective, 106 Main St, Delhi, NY 13753, USA

About the event

Join us for an in-person discussion about the book "How the Word is Passed" on Wednesday, June 1 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Bushel Collective, Delhi. We will be discussing the entire book at this gathering. Refreshments will be served. [Facilitated by Christina Hunt Wood]

Get Woke! recommends ordering your book from a local, independent book store. Two of our favorites are Blenheim Hill Books in Hobart and Green Toad Bookstore in Oneonta.

About the Book

Beginning in his own hometown of New Orleans, Clint 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 nation’s collective history, and ourselves.

It is the story of the Monticello Plantation in Virginia, the estate where Thomas Jefferson wrote letters espousing the urgent need for liberty while enslaving over 400 people on the premises. It is the story of the Whitney Plantation, one of the only former plantations devoted to preserving the experience of the enslaved people whose lives and work sustained it. It is the story of Angola, a former plantation-turned maximum security prison in Louisiana that is filled with Black men who work across the 18,000-acre land for virtually no pay. And it is the story of Blandford Cemetery, the final resting place of tens of thousands of Confederate soldiers.

In 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—on which the brutal history of the trade in enslaved men, women and children has been deeply imprinted.

Informed by scholarship and brought alive by the story of people living today, Clint Smith’s debut work of nonfiction is a landmark work of reflection and insight that offers a new understanding of the hopeful role that memory and history can play in making sense of our country and how it has come to be.

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