The year 2019 marked the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans t


The year 2019 marked the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans to Virginia. The New York Times decided to focus on the importance of this event by commissioning what was called the “1619 Project.” It brought together a range of scholars and writers and intellectuals to reflect and interpret the meaning of slavery in U.S. history, life, and culture, then and now. Not surprisingly, the project met with immediate criticism, particularly from conservative Republicans who believed that any critical analysis of U.S. history ignored what they saw as the “bigger” picture–that in their view, the U.S. was and is the greatest nation that has ever existed and any criticism of it or any part of its history is patently un-American, unpatriotic, and socially disruptive. The New York Times ignored this right-wing criticism and published the 1619 Project in August 2019. In the two years since, there have been numerous essays about the project, and these essays provide us with a window into seeing how history is received, understood, debated, and criticized by the public. That brings us to the document interpretation. Below please find three links to stories about the 1619 Project. One is from a newspaper (Washington Post) that provides an overview of the politics surrounding the events. A second is from a more liberal-leaning source (Atlantic) that discusses what it sees as the contributions and limitations of the project. A third is from a source that claims apolitical objectivity (Politico). Read the three essays/stories and then compare and contrast their findings about the 1619 Project. Which source do you believe provides the fairest assessment of the project? Which source is the most slanted and unfair and why?How the 1619 Project took over 2020It’s a hashtag, a talking point, a Trump rally riff. The inside story of a New York Times project that launched a year-long culture war.Washington PostThe Fight Over the 1619 Project Is Not About the FactsA 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.Adam SerwerThe AtlanticI Helped Fact-Check the 1619 Project. The Times Ignored Me.The paper’s series on slavery made avoidable mistakes. But the attacks from its critics are much more dangerous.POLITICO