Rooted: The American Legacy of Land Theft and the Modern Movement for Black Land Ownership

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6.06 X 9.29 X 1.18 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author
Brea Baker has been working on the front lines for more than a decade. She believes deeply in nuanced storytelling and Black culture to drive change, and she has commented on race, gender, and sexuality for Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Refinery29, Them, and more. Her writing has been featured in the anthologies Our History Has Always Been Contraband and No Justice, No Peace. A Yale alumna, Baker has been recognized as a 2017 Glamour Woman of the Year, a 2019 i-D Up + Rising, and a 2023 Creative Capital awardee. She has spoken at the United Nations' Girl Up Initiative, Yale Law School, the Youth to Youth Summit in Hong Kong, the Museum of the City of New York, and elsewhere.
"In her vigorous debut history . . . [Baker] writes evocatively about Black farmers' relationship with the land and argues passionately for Black Americans to return to family farms (she's unabashedly utopian on this point, and her frustration with Black people uninterested in rural life is palpable). Baker keeps tightly focused on the topic and writes in a conversational prose that casually draws on a wide range of thinkers. Educators in particular will find this invaluable."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"With Rooted, Brea Baker takes us on an inspiring journey through the complexities of identity, the modern movement for Black land ownership, and the pursuit of belonging. With heartfelt prose and unyielding honesty, Baker explores the depths of her roots and invites readers to reflect on our own."--Donovan X. Ramsey, author of the National Book Award for Nonfiction semi-finalist When Crack Was King

"Brea Baker's Rooted is a moving, insightful, and intimate account of the history of Black land ownership and land theft in the United States. It is a must-read for anyone interested in advancing racial justice and equity."--Keisha N. Blain, co-editor of the #1 New York Times bestseller Four Hundred Souls

"Brea Baker roots her own family history in the long and often violent story of American land theft and land possession. Rooted details the plight and promise of Black American land ownership through time. This is a crucial and compelling study of race and wealth in America."--Camille T. Dungy, author of Soil: The Story of a Black Mother's Garden

"A well-documented study of land ownership among Black Americans and the accompanying land theft . . . A passionate, engaging combination of history, memoir, and examination of income inequality."--Kirkus Reviews