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1619 Slavery

1619 Slavery

NY Times Goes All In on Flawed 1619 Project

Since the New York Times introduced its 1619 Project last summer, the paper has touched off a series of debates about the role of slavery in American history. Although the exchanges that followed haven’t revealed much about our nation’s past, they have told us a lot about state of modern…
bubmag
February 21, 2020
1619 Slavery

Sorry, New York Times, But America Began in 1776

The United States of America began in 1776, not 1619. That one sentence is the thesis statement of 1776—a non-partisan black-led response to the New York Times's 1619 Project initiative, which launched last week at D.C.'s National Press Club. I am pleased and proud to be a part of 1776,…
bubmag
February 20, 2020
1619 Slavery

1619 & Respecting the Facts of America’s Founding

Beneath the rancor of our everyday politics rages a longstanding debate instigated by professors and journalists about the convictions that truly underlie the founding and unfolding of the United States of America. The bitter clashes between politicians grab most of the headlines. But because it will shape the education of…
bubmag
February 19, 2020
1619 Slavery

Re-Animating the 1619 Project: Teachable Moments Not Turf Wars

James Brewer Stewart, James Wallace Professor of History Emeritus, Macalester College writes extensively on the history of the American abolitionist movement, is the Founder of Historians Against Slavery, an international network of antiracist/ antislavery scholars, teachers and activists and is developing a line of activist sportswear featuring historical images and…
bubmag
February 9, 2020
1619 Slavery

America’s Twofold Original Sin

“We hold these truths to be self evident.” Say these words, and many Americans will be able to recite what follows: “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and…
bubmag
February 8, 2020