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Engaging The 1619 Project

Introduction:

Last summer, 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 Project, 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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Multimedia

Bono, Georgetown University
Bob Woodson: 1776 Initiative Provides Positive Alternative To "Diabolical" 1619 Project <div class="video-icon"></div>
Mark Levin & Bob Woodson, Fox News
Ryan Williams, James Poulos, et al., American Mind
Gordon Wood & Tom Mackaman, World Socialist Web Site
Steve Hayward & Lucas Morel, Ricochet
The Problems with The 1619 Project <div class="video-icon"></div>
Sean Wilentz & Bill Kristol, Conversations with Bill Kristol
Clarence Page, Nikole Hannah-Jones, et al. Morning Joe
John Kass & Tom Bevan, The Chicago Way
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Lesson Plans/Curricula/Lectures

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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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