Clint Smith


In His Bestselling Book, Clint Smith ’10 Reckons With History and the Lies We Tell

He’ll join Davidson College President Carol Quillen for a conversation about the book Monday, June 14. Registration for the virtual event remains open. Smith, a 2010 Davidson grad, has carved a path as a nationally recognized educator and writer. His debut non-fiction book considers how history is distorted and consumed, and how an honest approach to the past might change our collective future.
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Poured Over: Clint Smith on How The Word Is Passed

How the Word is Passed is one of our most anticipated books for June 2021 — it’s a powerful portrait of America today, built from our history and Clint Smith’s incredible insight. Writer for The Atlantic, teacher and Doctor, Clint Smith is also a poet (Counting Descent) and the host of Crash Course (@thecrashcourse) Black American History. Our interview with Clint runs a little longer than usual because there’s so much shared ground to cover. Featured books: How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith, Long Division by Kiese Laymon, The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris, and The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw.
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We Need a Reckoning: Clint Smith on Slavery and the Truth About America’s History

Writer, scholar, journalist and artist Clint Smith has a new book, “How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America” (Little, Brown, and Company), which shows the history of slavery through Smith’s journey to different historical sites around the country. Starting off with Monticello, the plantation and estate of Thomas Jefferson, Smith also travels to places such as the Whitney Plantation and Angola Prison in Louisiana, a maximum-security prison born from a plantation. Next, he goes on a New York tour that highlights the often overlooked history of slavery in the North, and exposes the dichotomies between how different Americans see the Civil War; spending time with both Juneteenth celebrators in Galveston and the Sons of the Confederate Veterans at the Blanford Cemetery, on Memorial Day. Smith’s last stop is Gorée Island and the historic Slave House in Senegal.
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Lebanon's Clint Smith set to run in 125th Annual Boston Marathon

Lebanon’s own Clint Smith has set out to achieve a goal of his since he was a kid. Run in the Boston Marathon. With the support of his family and friends, Smith will participate in the 125th Annual Boston Marathon on Monday, October 11. The Boston Marathon is the world's...

Clint Smith on How America Remembers—and Misremembers—Slavery

Clint Smith, an educator, poet, and staff writer for the Atlantic, grew up in New Orleans surrounded by the remnants of the Confederacy and slavery. He attended a middle school named after Robert Mills Lusher, a Confederate figure and segregationist, and walked roads like Robert E. Lee Boulevard. Yet field trips that he went on as a student to plantations mentioned nothing about slavery. In 2017, the removal of statues depicting Confederates such as Lee, P.G.T. Beauregard, and Jefferson Davis prompted Smith to take a deeper look at this history. “I was thinking about what it meant that I grew up in a majority Black city in which there were more homages to enslavers than there were enslaved people,” Smith says. “How does that happen, and what are the implications of that?”
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The Reading Life: Clint Smith

Susan Larson talks with Clint Smith about his new book, “How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America.”. Here’s what’s on tap in the literary life this week. Here in New Orleans:. Clint Smith, begins his virtual book tour this week, which continues throughout...
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Clint Smith Wants A Better Future For His Children—And Yours Too

The writer speaks about how the next generation can view the world through a liberated lens, plus his new book, "How the Word is Passed." Clint Smith didn’t watch last summer’s viral video of slain Minnesota resident George Floyd, whose death at the hands of the city’s police propelled national and global mass protests calling for an end to police brutality against Black people. “I still haven’t watched it,” says the author, poet and scholar of the devastating video. “I think I had watched all of them before this. I was like, I don’t need to see it. I’ve seen enough.”
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Clint Smith’s ‘How the Word is Passed’ explores how slavery is remembered in contemporary America

“Of the services and sufferings of the Colored Soldiers of the Revolution, no attempt has, to our knowledge, been made to preserve a record. They have no historian.” wrote the Black abolitionist and journalist William Cooper Nell in 1855. Often considered the first to write a history recovering the collective memories of African-Americans, Nell may as well have said that for Black enslaved people writ large.
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How the Word Is Passed by Clint Smith, Read by the Author

Every Monday through Friday, AudioFile’s editors recommend the best in audiobook listening. We keep our daily episodes short and sweet, with audiobook clips to give you a sample of our featured listens. Poet and journalist Clint Smith’s debut work of nonfiction, How the Word Is Passed, captivates as he explores...
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Gun Wisdom: I Ask Clint Smith Your Questions

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves interviews Clint Smith of Thunder Ranch and asks him viewer questions submitted by Patreon and SubscribeStar supporters about everything from guns, to ‘Nam, to training. Clint passes on what he’s learned over the years in this vid. If you want in on the...
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Back Draft: Clint Smith

History may be recorded in textbooks, but that’s not where it lives. Rather, it’s in the blood of the people who carry that history inside them, and the complex places they and their descendants inhabit. Clint Smith’s latest book, How the Word Is Passed, is a history of American slavery...

Clint Smith on slave narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project; Remembering Maxine Cheshire

In The Atlantic, Clint Smith has an in-depth essay on the descendants of people who were interviewed for the Federal Writers’ Project slave narratives, which documented the stories of more than two thousand former slaves in the late 1930s. Smith writes, “The descendants of those who were interviewed for the Federal Writers’ Project have been given something that has been denied to so many Black Americans: the opportunity to read the words, and possibly see the faces, of people they thought had been lost to history.”