Stamped from the Beginning book coverThe deeply researched history of how racist ideas were created, spread, and deeply rooted in American society.

Some Americans insist that we’re living in a post-racial society. But racist thought is not just alive and well in America, it is more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues, racist ideas have a long and lingering history, one in which nearly every great American thinker is complicit.

In this fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. He uses the life stories of five major American intellectuals to drive this history: Puritan minister Cotton Mather, Thomas Jefferson, abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, W.E.B. Du Bois, and legendary activist Angela Davis.

As Kendi shows, racist ideas did not arise from ignorance or hatred. They were created to justify and rationalize deeply entrenched discriminatory policies and the nation’s racial inequities.

Stamped from the Beginning graphic novel book coverIn shedding light on this history, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America offers us the tools we need to expose racist thinking. In the process, he gives us reason to hope.

A new graphic novel edition of Stamped from the Beginning has been released!

Illustrated by Joel Christian Gill, this new and unique take on Dr. Kendi’s groundbreaking book, which was written in 2017, reveals how understanding and improving the world cannot happen without identifying and facing the racist forces that shape it.

Great for readers both young and old, this adaptation of Stamped from the Beginning explores, through the use of extraordinary illustrations, the living history of America, and how we can learn from the past to work toward a more equitable, antiracist future.