Here is my conversation with Sam Chen of WBPH, a local religious television station broadcasting in eastern Pennsylvania.
You can find all of our posts on the 1619 Project here. Here is Jake Silverstein, editor of The New York Times Magazine: Most of the questions around our display language have centered on variations on a single phrase. In some cases, we referred to 1619 as the nation’s “birth year,” in others as our … Continue reading Editor of *The New York Times Magazines* addresses recent criticisms of the 1619 Project
Over at The Washington Post, Sarah Ellison chronicles the ways The New York Times‘s 1619 Project has influenced American politics in 2020. Here is a taste: Sean Wilentz remembers the Sunday morning in August when he walked down his driveway to pick up his Times. The Princeton historian was intrigued to see an issue of the … Continue reading A short history of the 1619 Project
It sure seems that way. Here is Tom Mackaman and David North at World Socialist Web Site: The New York Times, without announcement or explanation, has abandoned the central claim of the 1619 Project: that 1619, the year the first slaves were brought to Colonial Virginia—and not 1776—was the “true founding” of the United States. The … Continue reading Is the 1619 Project backing-off some of its more problematic claims about the American founding?
I just learned today that Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton is trying to pass legislation to prohibit schools from using federal funds to teach the New York Times‘s 1619 Project. (If you are unfamiliar with the 1619 Project, read our coverage here. We’ve collected most of the pertinent articles). This week I am doing Q&A sessions with … Continue reading Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton opposes “cancel culture.” Unless, of course, it is the 1619 Project
The New York Times 1619 Project just received a Pulitzer Prize for commentary. Listen to Allen Guelzo’s critique of the project in an interview with the Heritage Foundation. If you like the 1619 Project, you may want to sit down for this one: Much of Guelzo’s criticism of the 1619 Project is legitimate. As I … Continue reading Allen Guelzo Criticizes the 1619 Project
Here is a taste of Bacevich‘s take: …That annoyance notwithstanding, there is actually more afoot here than journalists usurping prerogatives traditionally reserved for highly trained scholars. While the architects of the 1619 Project may be making claims that go beyond what the available evidence will support, let me suggest that they are on to something: … Continue reading Andrew Bacevich on the 1619 Project
Recently, The New York Times Magazine editor Jake Silverstein issued a statement to clarify a passage in an essay from The 1619 Project. (See our post here). The passage under consideration, which came from project creator Nikole Hannah-Jones’s essay, argued that the British-American colonists fought the American Revolution to protect the institution of slavery. After … Continue reading The 1619 Project Backs-Off a Controversial Claim. World Socialist Website Responds
The New York Times Magazine offers some nuance. It appears that a recent panel featuring Alan Taylor, Annette Gordon-Reed, and others had something to do with this. Watch it here: A taste: Today we are making a clarification to a passage in an essay from The 1619 Project that has sparked a great deal of online debate. … Continue reading *The New York Times* Backs-Off a Controversial Claim in its 1619 Project
Leslie Harris, a professor of history at Northwestern University, fact-checked The New York Times 1619 Project. Here is what she said in a recent piece at Politico: On August 19 of last year I listened in stunned silence as Nikole Hannah-Jones, a reporter for the New York Times, repeated an idea that I had vigorously argued against with … Continue reading Leslie Harris Weighs-In on the 1619 Project
The World Socialist Web Site (WSWS) is calling attention to Episode 63 of The Way of Improvement Leads Home Podcast. This is our interview with Kings College (PA) history professor Thomas Mackaman, a critic of The New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project. Mackaman is the historian who interviewed several prominent American historians–Gordon Wood, James McPherson, … Continue reading Conservative African American Intellectuals Respond to *The New York Times* 1619 Project
In August 2019, The New York Times Magazine published The 1619 Project, an attempt to reframe American history by “placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.” American historians have praised and criticized the project. In this episode we talk with Thomas Mackaman, a history professor at … Continue reading Episode 63: The 1619 Project
Read all our posts on The New York Times 1619 Project here. Historian James Brewer Stewart has some good thoughts. Here is a taste of his piece at History News Network: But here’s what’s most important. Those of us who value the 1619 Project can reclaim our “teachable moment” by excavating beneath the heated rhetoric. There … Continue reading What Can We Learn from the 1619 Project?
Here is David North and Tom Mackaman: On January 23, Alex Lichtenstein, editor of the American Historical Review (AHR), posted an online statement defending the New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project against criticism from the World Socialist Web Site and several eminent historians. The editorial, “From the Editor’s Desk: 1619 and All That,” will appear in the forthcoming issue of the leading journal among American academic … Continue reading *World Socialist Web Site* Responds to the Editor of the *American Historical Review* on the 1619 Project
If you are not familiar with The New York Times 1619 Project you can get up to speed here. The latest group of critics includes American historians Michael Burlingame, Allen Guelzo, Peter Kolchin, George Rable, and Colleen Sheehan. A letter was sent to The New York Times Magazine, but the newspaper refused to publish it. Editor … Continue reading Another Group of Historians Criticize the *New York Times* 1619 Project
Some of you may remember Trump lawyer Robert Ray‘s gratuitous swipe at The New York Times 1619 Project during last night’s senate impeachment trial. Today we learned that Virginia Senator Tim Kaine did not like it. In fact, he confronted Ray about it after the trial closed for the day. Here is a taste of a piece … Continue reading Virginia Senator Tim Kaine Defends the 1619 Project
When we last left the debate on the 1619 Project, Princeton University historian Sean Wilentz leveled more criticism of the project in a piece at The Atlantic. Social media historians (and some non-historians who are advancing informed and not-so-informed opinions) are going crazy. While many ague based on historical evidence and best practices, there is … Continue reading The 1619 Project: Debate Continues
Some of you will remember Sean Wilentz‘s letter to The New York Times criticizing the newspaper’s 1619 Project. You can read it here. The letter is signed by Wilentz, Victoria Bynum, James McPherson, James Oakes, and Gordon Wood. With the exception of Wilentz, all of these American historians criticized the 1619 Project at the World … Continue reading Sean Wilentz’s Criticism of *The New York Times*’s 1619 Project
Clayborne Carson is professor of history at Stanford University and director of its Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute. He is the author and editor of numerous books on King and the civil rights movement, including The Papers of Martin Luther King Jr. Here is a taste of his interview with Tom Mackaman at World Socialist … Continue reading Clayborne Carson is the Latest to Talk to the World Socialist Web Site About the 1619 Project
Peter Colcanis, Albert R. Newsome Distinguished Professor of History at UNC, writes at Spectator USA: The great French historian Marc Bloch wrote many years ago in The Historian’s Craft about the ‘idol of origins’. When people make the common error of fixating on beginnings, they run the risk of ‘confusing ancestry with explanation’. The principals in the New York Times’s project seem … Continue reading University of North Carolina Historian Peter Colcanis Joins the Criticism of *The New York Times* 1619 Project