Review: Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019

Title: Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2018

Authors: Various

Edited by: Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain 

Genre: Nonfiction

Length: 14 hours 2 min

5 out of 5 stars
5 stars – I loved it!

Four Hundred Souls is a collection of essays and poems chronicling 400 years of African American history. The essays began in 1619 with the ‘White Lion’ in Virginia and continued until 2019 when a whte nationalist was the President. 

I actually own this as an eBook but when I found that the audiobook is narrated by the authors themselves (as far as I can tell), I knew I needed to listen to this. These essays and poems were powerful, informative, and filled with emotion. I really enjoyed the personal touches each author included in their essays such as pieces of their own history or their family history. It was a great way to learn how racism is still affecting families today. 

When I picked up this collection, I didn’t realize poems were included after every part. I really enjoyed the poetry, especially since it was all done in different styles. They were all very emotional and impactful, which is my favorite kind of poetry. 

I highly recommend this book, especially as an audiobook. Hearing these essays read by their authors really enriched the history presented in this book. Also, it really felt like you were listening to four hundred souls telling their story.


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