*The New York Times* Introduces the “1619 Project”

1619

Here is what it’s all about:

The 1619 Project is a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.

Learn more here.

3 thoughts on “*The New York Times* Introduces the “1619 Project”

  1. “…1619 as our true founding..”

    It seems to me that 1619 may have been the founding of the Atlantic slave trade on the continent but it was the planting of a British colony (followed by the planting and patenting of other British colonies) and not the founding of the independent nation of the United States that emerged after the revolution. As a new political entity based on a new political theory the US of A was tainted with slavery as an inheritance from the olde colonial system. Is this too far fetched?

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    • I think this is a fair historical point, Jim. British liberties in the colonial era rested heavily on the success of slavery much in the same way that American liberty cannot be understood without slavery. I think there is continuity here.

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  2. This will stir some thoughts and strong reactions l think.
    I believe there is a case to mark the founding with the introduction of the Africans in August 1619. Because so much of our history is what transpired between people of Europe and people of Africa, and what that made of all of us.

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