How the word is passed by Clint Smith is educational, inspiring, and thought-provoking. It’s Like a magnet that drives you into the page and chapter in search of disclosure about the historical backdrop of slavery. Slavery you never knew existed and the painful reality that the book live own and sometimes, celebrated and memorialized. Some of well known plantations and prisons with remarkable history of suffering because of a financial engine called slavery. I really liked the diligence research of the writer and his capacity to catch with astonishing subtleties of realities as he understood them.
Clint Smith visits a few areas to see how slavery’s effect is told or recalled. His uncommon fact-checking and insightful examination is matched by his attention to detail. His portrayals of the sights, sounds, and scents of every destination put the reader in his shoes, feeling the warmth of the sun on his neck or the cool, harsh feel of the concrete jail walls. The tension he feel as the solitary Black individual at a rally of the Sons of Confederate Veterans at Blandford Cemetery in Virginia, is unmistakable. Particularly when he pulls out his journal to write down a couple of observations and heads turn.
Smith additionally presents descriptions of tour guides, speechgivers, visitors, researchers and others he meets along the way in exacting subtlety, down to their stating, inflection, stops, and the color of their clothing. Each individual he meets comes alive on the pages as he continually tests and questions every individual’s information on or relationship to slavery’s past and present.
Most importantly, this is a book like no other, weaving a long string through many places where slavery left its mark as well as where the aftermath still reverberates today. And you will probably learn new things. As the author portrays each site and what others say about the historical backdrop of each spot, he intertwines discoveries from his own examination that proves, refutes or adds more subtleties.
Ultimately, how the word is passed by Clint Smith is not just about the locales highlighted or how he describes each one. But additionally it shows how the impacts of the institution still plays out today. What’s more, is whether America will deal with its past or keep on overlooking it.
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