How the Word Is Passed by Clint Smith, Read by the Author
Reckoning with the Legacy of American Slavery
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Poet and journalist Clint Smith’s debut work of nonfiction, How the Word Is Passed, captivates as he explores the ways that we confront and reckon with the legacy of American slavery. AudioFile’s Emily Connelly tells host Jo Reed of the power of hearing the work in Smith’s own voice, which moves with a poet’s rhythm as he takes listeners to former plantations, on historical tours, and to Angola Prison. Listeners meet those who are working to explore the gaps in our historical records and uncover the true history of these sites—and also those who are willfully ignoring the historical record, relying instead on shared nostalgia. Listening makes a lasting impact. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile’s website.
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