A profoundly revealing view of the American past and the present.
The 1619 Project issue of the New York Times Magazine changed our understanding of American history. It placed slavery and its continuing legacy in the center of our national story.
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Named one of the Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post, this new book explores the legacy of slavery in the United States through poetry and prose that illustrate key moments of oppression, struggles, and resistance. The essays show how 1619 continues to affect us today, from politics, music to diet, traffic, and even our democracy itself.
“In The 1619 Project, Hannah-Jones introduces a new origin story and reveals long-hidden truths about America’s founding and its construction, and how the legacy of slavery continues to shape contemporary American society.”
The Book Guide® Editor
A ship carrying enslaved Africans arrived in the British colony in Virginia in late August 1619. Their arrival led to a barbaric and unprecedented system of slavery that lasted for the next 250 years in America. This is sometimes referred to as the country’ s original sin, but it’s more than that: It’s the source of so much still defining the US.