In the rush to redefine the place of black Americans in contemporary society, many radical activists and academics have mounted a campaign to destroy traditional American history and replace it with a politicized version that few would recognize. According to the new radical orthodoxy, the United States was founded as a racist nation—and everything that has happened throughout our history must be viewed through the lens of the systemic oppression of black people. Rejecting this false narrative, a collection of the most prominent and respected black scholars and thinkers has come together to correct the record and tell the true story of black Americans in all its complexity, diversity of experience, and poignancy.Collectively, they paint a vivid picture of black people living the grand American experience, however bumpy the road may be along the way. But rather than a people apart, blacks are woven into the united whole that makes this nation unique in history.This collection features essays by John Sibley Butler, Jason D. Hill, Coleman Cruz Hughes, John McWhorter, Clarence Page, Wilfred Reilly, Shelby Steele, Carol M. Swain, Dean Nelson, Charles Love, Rev. Corey Brook, Stephen L. Harris, Harold A. Black, Stephanie Deutsch, Yaya J. Fanusie, Ian Rowe, John Wood, Jr., Joshua Mitchell, Robert Cherry, and Rev. DeForest Black Soaries, Jr.