A pathbreaking New York Times bestseller, Four Hundred Souls ranges across disciplines and genres to tell the many histories of Black Americans from 1619 through the present. Though slavery and white supremacy reverberate through the centuries, African America has always comprised a multiplicity of experiences and ideas, shaping not just Black communities but the nation at large. The volume’s co editor, historian Keisha N. Blain, and two of its contributors, political strategist Donna Brazile and anthropologist Laurence Ralph, join the Brennan Center’s Theodore R. Johnson to discuss how African American resistance and engagement has shaped the contours of U.S. democracy.
This event is produced in partnership with New York University’s John Brademas Center.
- Keisha N. Blain, Associate Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh; Coeditor, 400 Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619–2019
- Donna Brazile, Veteran Political Strategist; Former Acting Chair, Democratic National Committee; Contributing Author, 400 Souls
- Laurence Ralph, Professor of Anthropology, Princeton University; Contributing Author, 400 Souls
- Moderator: Theodore R. Johnson, Director, Fellows Program, Brennan Center
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