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Engaging The 1619 Project


In August 2019, the New York Times Magazine launched The 1619 Project on the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to Jamestown. Its stated goal was “to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.” Rather than standing with the American Revolution’s radical promise that we are all created equal and possess the same “unalienable rights,” or Abraham Lincoln’s description of America’s as mankind’s “last best hope,” the revisionist view of The 1619 project argues that America was founded upon slavery and that the effects of white supremacy distort every aspect of American public life today.

Prominent historians, educators, and writers have challenged these claims. Noted scholars such as Gordon WoodWilfred M. McClaySean WilentzJames McPherson, and James Oakes have publicly questioned its main contentions. And the 1776 Unites, a group of black scholars and writers led by entrepreneur and civil rights leader Bob Woodson, has produced essays, and eventually a curriculum, that will “challenge those who assert America is forever defined by its past failures, such as slavery.”

This isn’t merely an academic debate

Essential Reading

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The 1619 Project

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Ian Rowe, Philip Magness, Robert Paquette, et al., National Association of Scholars
1776 Unites Provides Alternative to 'Diabolical' 1619 Project <div class="video-icon"></div>
Mark Levin & Bob Woodson, Fox News
Allen C. Guelzo, Napa Institute
Bono, Georgetown University
What's Wrong With The 1619 Project? <div class="video-icon"></div>
Wilfred Reilly, PragerU
Frederick Douglass Versus The 1619 Project <div class="video-icon"></div>
Nick Gillespie, Reason
Capital Research Center
William A. Jacobson, Lucas Morel, et al., Legal Insurrection
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Deconstructing The 1619 Project

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American Founders on Race & Slavery

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Projects Reaffirming the American Mind

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