The debate over the 1619 Project

The reframing of U.S. history around slavery and racism continues to draw ferocious opposition. Here’s everything you need to know:

What is the 1619 Project?
It was a New York Times Magazine special issue last year marking the 400th anniversary of American slavery, in which the Times proposed regarding 1619 as “our nation’s birth year.” In August of that year about 20 slaves from present-day Angola were sold in chains to British colonists in Jamestown, Virginia. The establishment of slavery in the British colonies, the Times argued, was as formative to U.S. history as the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.


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