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1619 Project



  • What the 1619 Project Really Means

    by Timothy Messer-Kruse

    Professor Timothy Messer-Kruse argues that critics from both ends of the political spectrum have misunderstood the project.


  • Re-Animating the 1619 Project: Teachable Moments Not Turf Wars

    by James Brewer Stewart

    Those of us who value the 1619 Project can reclaim our “teachable moment” by excavating beneath the heated rhetoric. There we will discover that the journalists and the historians embrace conflicting but equally valuable historical truths regarding slavery’s power to shape our nations past and present.



  • 1619 and All That

    by Alex Lichtenstein

    "What is odd about the letter is that it implies that the singular problem with the 1619 Project is that journalists are practicing history without a license."


  • 1,056 Feet: Why I Needed the 1619 Project Growing Up

    by Derek Litvak

    The 1619 Project is not interested in retelling America’s founding story. It seeks to forge a new one. The people who contributed to this effort know full well those like myself, who grew up in the drainage ditches of America, in the long shadow of a bright star, need to hear this history. Demands to “stick to the facts” often sideline or silence our story. 



  • A Matter of Facts

    by Sean Wilentz

    The New York Times’ 1619 Project launched with the best of intentions, but has been undermined by some of its claims.



  • The 1619 Project and Bringing History to the People

    by Anne C. Bailey

    From my time as an undergraduate till my present position as a Professor of History at SUNY Binghamton, I have been frustrated that history seemed to belong to the few – the few who had made it their life’s work in the halls of academia, some of whom, as I was to learn, spoke more to each other than to the general public. 



  • 1619?

    by Sasha Turner

    What to the historian is 1619?



  • The Fight Over the 1619 Project Is Not About the Facts

    by Adam Serwer

    A dispute between a small group of scholars and the authors of The New York Times Magazine’s issue on slavery represents a fundamental disagreement over the trajectory of American society.