NYTimes’ 1619 Project Thoroughly Examines Impact of Slavery on America

The NY Times Magazine spent more than a year creating its 1619 Project, marking the 400th anniversary of the first slave to arrive in the American colonies in August 1619, developing the theory that this was the true founding of America rather than 1776 with the Declaration of Independence or 1492 with the first arrival of Europeans (Columbus) to the New World. The project continues to spark strong debate.

The project begins thusly: “In August of 1619, a ship appeared on this horizon, near Point Comfort, a coastal port in the English colony of Virginia. It carried more than 20 enslaved Africans, who were sold to the colonists. No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the years of slavery that followed. In the 400th anniversary of this fateful moment, it is finally time to tell our story truthfully.”

The 1619 Project “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.”

Seven additional articles:

“For centuries, black music, forged in bondage, has been the sound of complete artistic freedom. No wonder everybody is always stealing it,” by Wesley Morris. Click.

“What does a traffic jam in Atlanta have to do with segregation? Quite a lot,” by Kevin Kruse. Click.

“Why doesn’t the United States have universal health care? The answer has everything to do with race,” by Jeneen Interlandi. Click.

“Slavery gave America a fear of black people and a taste for violent punishment. Both still define our criminal-justice system.” by Bryan Stevenson. Click.

“The sugar that saturates the American diet has a barbaric history as the ‘white gold’ that fueled slavery.” bk. 

“A vast wealth gap, driven by segregation, redlining, evictions and exclusion, separates black and white America.” by Trymaine Lee. Click.

“Their ancestors were enslaved by law. Today, they are graduates of the nation’s preeminent historically black law school.” Photo Essay by Djeneba Aduayom.

Peruse the project for yourself.

More Than Eight Related Articles: 

I will continue to link to and discuss specific articles from the package and reactions. So far, I’ve made eight additional posts:

How Slavery Built America’s Economy and Work Culture

Medical Experimentation on Slaves and Freed African Americans Still Influences Physicians, Researchers Assert

Rhetorical Similarity Between Antebellum Confederates and Modern Conservatives?

On Re-educating Americans About Slavery and Its Legacy

Reframing US History: Media Coverage of the NYT 1619 Slavery Project

New Resources to Teach About Slavery

‘Five Things They Don’t Tell You About Slavery’

NYT’s 1619 Project Riles Mainstream Historians As Ideological Framing and Misleading Interpretation

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