The New York Times 1619 project
The New York Times Magazine published an historically significant account of the 400th anniversary of the first African slaves to be brought to the North American continent. In August 1619, 30 to 40 slaves landed in Jamestown, Va. That was 157 years before the British colonies became the United States of America in 1776.
The New York Times has inaugurated “The 1619 Project” to reframe American history by considering what it would mean to regard 1619 as our birth year by “placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are” as a country.
Nikole Hannah-Jones is the lead reporter who is assisted by many others from journalism, academia and the arts. The New York Times 1619 Project promises a comprehensive and readable account of the role and impact of slavery in America.