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Exploring The 1619 Project

    • Exploring The 1619 Project

      The 1619 Project examines the legacy of American slavery through writing by contemporary Black authors, a curriculum, and an audio series.

      An ongoing initiative of The New York Times Magazine, the 1619 Project challenges us to reframe U.S. history by marking 1619—the year the first enslaved Africans arrived in Jamestown, Virginia—as our nation’s foundational date. The project launched in August 2019 with a special issue of the magazine, featuring written and visual pieces by Black historians, journalists, playwrights, poets, authors, and artists. There’s also an audio series hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones, plus a curriculum offered by the Pulitzer Center.




      The 1619 Project Special Issue

      A special edition of The New York Times Magazine on the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery.

      The 1619 Project Curriculum

      Reader guides, lesson plans, and extension activities to bring the project into your classroom and home.

      “1619,” a New York Times audio series

      Hosted by writer Nikole Hannah-Jones, the podcast series examines the long shadow of slavery in American life.

    • I found Nikole Hannah-Jones’ lesson plan on “The Idea of America” really powerful. Wondering what other curriculum pieces people are using?

    • I learned that people in the North were for the most part opposed to slavery, or at least agnostic. I did not know how deeply complicit Northerns were in the buying and selling of enslaved people, or for how long. The 1619 materials make that so much clearer.

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