Stamped from the Beginning

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America is a non-fiction book about race in the United States by Ibram X. Kendi, published April 12, 2016 by PublicAffairs. The book won the National Book Award for Nonfiction.[1][2][3]

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
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AuthorIbram X. Kendi
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SubjectRacism in the United States
GenreNon-fiction
Published2016
PublisherNation Books
Pages582 pp[1]

The book also has two "remixes" for children, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You and Stamped (For Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You.

ReceptionEdit

Stamped from the Beginning received a starred review from Kirkus,[4] as well as the following accolades:

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and YouEdit

Kendi wrote Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You with Jason Reynolds, "remixing" Stamped from the Beginning for a younger audience.[8] The book was published March 10, 2020 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

OriginsEdit

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You is adapted from Stamped: From the Beginning, originally written by Kendi.[9] The first book, published in 2016, focuses on historical figures.[10] However, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You follows a chronological format.[9] Kendi reached out to Reynolds to collaborate on a chronological version after seeing success with his first book. Reynolds first declined Kendi's proposal, adamant that he was a fiction writer. It took a writing style that made Stamped "not a history book" to get Reynolds on board with the idea.[10]

StructureEdit

Kendi and Reynolds insist throughout the book that "it is not a history book" and writes in a casual, easy-to-understand manner, using slang and pop culture references to cater to the younger audience. There are five sections split by time periods: 1415–1728, 1743–1826, 1826–1879, 1868–1963, and 1963-today. The chapters vary in length and there are 28 in total. In these chapters, Kendi and Reynolds focus on important, often overlooked figures and events to illustrate the development of racist ideas throughout the history of the United States. Throughout the book, Kendi and Reynolds return to the themes of racists, assimilationists, and antiracists, and the book ends by encouraging readers to take what they have learned from the book and to become antiracist. 

ReceptionEdit

Stamped is a New York Times Bestseller[11] and received numerous positive reviews, including starred reviews from Booklist[12][13] and Kirkus.[11] Kirkus also named it one of the best books of 2020.[11]

The print book has received the following accolades:

  • Goodreads Choice Award for Nonfiction (2020)[14]
  • Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth (2020)[15]
  • Kirkus Prize finalist (2020)[11]
  • Notable Children's Books (2021)[16]
  • NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Youth / Teens nomination[17]

The audiobook has received the following accolades:

Despite the above, in 2020, Stamped landed the second position on the American Library Association's list of the most commonly banned and challenged books in the United States.[22] The book was banned, challenged, and/or restricted "because of author’s public statements, and because of claims that the book contains 'selective storytelling incidents' and does not encompass racism against all people."[22]

Stamped (For Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and YouEdit

Stamped (For Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You, published May 11, 2021 by Little, Brown Young Readers. The book was written by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds, illustrated by Rachelle Baker, and adapted by Sonja Cherry-Paul.

Stamped (for Kids) is a New York Times Bestseller[23] and received a starred review from Kirkus.[24]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Lozada, Carlos (April 15, 2016). "The racism of good intentions". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "2016 National Book Award Winner, Nonfiction". National Book Foundation. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  3. ^ "Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X Kendi – review | Books". The Guardian. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  4. ^ "Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America". Kirkus Reviews. January 2, 2016. Retrieved 2021-09-15.
  5. ^ "National Book Award: 2016". Booklist. October 25, 2017. Retrieved 2021-09-15.
  6. ^ "2016". National Book Critics Circle. Retrieved 2021-09-16.
  7. ^ Washington, Hilary Lewis,Arlene; Lewis, Hilary; Washington, Arlene (2017-02-10). "2017 NAACP Image Award Winners: Complete List". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2021-09-16.
  8. ^ Baker, Jennifer (March 9, 2020). "History Remixed: How Young Adult Authors Are Revisioning History". School Library Journal. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  9. ^ a b Reynolds, Jason (2020). Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You. Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 9780316453677.
  10. ^ a b "A History Book That Isn't: Finding A Way To Teach Racism To A New Generation".
  11. ^ a b c d "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You". Kirkus Reviews. November 10, 2019. Retrieved 2021-09-15.
  12. ^ Hong, Terry (April 15, 2020). "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You". Booklist. Retrieved 2021-09-15.
  13. ^ Agudelo, Jessica (January 1, 2020). "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You". Booklist. Retrieved 2021-09-15.
  14. ^ "Stamped". Goodreads. Retrieved 2021-09-16.
  15. ^ "Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, 2020". Booklist. January 1, 2021. Retrieved 2021-09-15.
  16. ^ "Notable Children's Books: 2021". Booklist. March 15, 2021. Retrieved 2021-09-15.
  17. ^ Reynolds, Jason; Kendi, Ibram X. (2020-03-10). Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. ISBN 978-0-316-45370-7.
  18. ^ "Top 10 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults: 2021". Booklist. March 15, 2021. Retrieved 2021-09-15.
  19. ^ "Booklist Editors' Choice: Youth Audio, 2020". Booklist. January 1, 2021. Retrieved 2021-09-15.
  20. ^ "Odyssey Winner and Honor Audiobooks: 2021". Booklist. March 15, 2021. Retrieved 2021-09-15.
  21. ^ "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You | Awards & Grants". American Library Association. April 20, 2021. Retrieved 2021-09-16.
  22. ^ a b Banned & Challenged Books (2013-03-26). "Top 10 Most Challenged Books Lists". Office for Intellectual Freedom. American Library Association. Retrieved 2021-05-04.
  23. ^ Reynolds, Jason; Kendi, Ibram X. (2021-05-11). Stamped (For Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. ISBN 978-0-316-16738-3.
  24. ^ "Stamped (for kids)". Kirkus Reviews. April 7, 2021. Retrieved 2021-09-15.

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