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Stamped: Plot Summary
Stamped: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Stamped: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
Historical Context of Stamped
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- Full Title: STAMPED: Racism, Antiracism, and You
- When Written: 2019–2020
- Where Written: Washington, D.C.
- When Published: March 2020
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Nonfiction, Black American History, Young Adult Literature
- Setting: The U.S., 1600-present
- Climax: In the Afterword, Reynolds and Kendi tell the reader that it’s up to them whether to be a racist or antiracist.
- Antagonist: Segregationism, Assimilationism
- Point of View: First Person
Extra Credit for Stamped
Breaking New Ground. When Ibram X. Kendi first asked Jason Reynolds to adapt Stamped from the Beginning for young readers, Reynolds said no. He thought that he wasn’t scholarly enough to write about history, because he usually writes fiction. But Kendi eventually persuaded him to give the project a try.
A History Book Makes History. In 2020, Stamped was the second-most-commonly banned and challenged book in American schools. In a public comment, Kendi pointed out that the effort to suppress the book was ironic, since the book is largely about the way racists have tried to suppress antiracist ideas throughout history.