Introducing Black American History from Crash Course

Clint Smith, PhD, an American writer, poet, activist and scholar. introduces Black History, 50 weekly 15-minute lectures from Crash Course. He “will teach you about the experience of Black people in America, from the arrival of the first enslaved Black people who arrived at Jamestown all the way to the Black Lives Matter movement.” Transcript. He asserts that the coursed “will  really help us understand how race is a social  construct, but also one with very real cultural,  sociological, and political implications.”

“This show is not meant to be a definitive   history of Black American life, it is meant to  be one contribution to a much wider conversation   that has been happening among scholars, writers,  activists, and citizens for generations.   There’s going to be a lot to learn over the  course of this show, and a lot to unlearn.   But what we hope you come to understand is  that Black history is not peripheral to  American history, it is central to it.”

Smith is the author of How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America. Crash Course co-founder John Green calls it “one of the best books I’ve ever read.” This CC series has been two years in the making. You can read exciting observations, in the Youtube comments section.

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