“In August of 1619, a ship appeared on this horizon, near
Point Comfort, a coastal port in the English colony of
Virginia. It carried more than 20 enslaved Africans,
who were sold to the colonists. No aspect of the country
that would be formed here has been untouched by the
years of slavery that followed. On the 400th anniversary
of this fateful moment, it is finally time to tell our story truthfully.”
So begins the 1619 Project, a massive historical initiative from the New York Times designed to reconsider and re-examine the integral role that slavery has played in the history and development of the United States of America. As stated above, this project was released in August of 2019, a full four centuries after the arrival of the first African slaves in the American colonies. Four-hundred years after this fateful arrival, the various essays included in this project make the argument that the legacy of slavery is as pronounced as ever in contemporary American society.
With your library card, you have free and unlimited access to the 1619 Project and the New York Times! If you have not done so already, you will need to create an account in order to have access to the NYT. Click here to find out how to create an account today.
The library also owns a print copy of the 1619 Project! If you prefer print, please ask at the Reference Desk to locate our copy.
If you are looking to sample individual essays, here are the titles and authors included in the project:
THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE
The Idea of America, by Nikole Hannah-Jones
Capitalism, by Matthew Desmond
A Broken Health Care System, by Jeneen Interlandi
Traffic, by Kevin M. Kruse
Undemocratic Democracy, by Jamelle Bouie
Medical Inequality, by Linda Villarosa
American Popular Music, by Wesley Morris
Sugar, by Khalil Gibran Muhammad
Mass Incarceration, by Bryan Stevenson
The Wealth Gap, by Trymaine Lee
Hope, a Photo Essay, by Djeneba Aduayom
400 Years: A Literary Timeline
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There is also a 1619 Project Podcast! Click here to start listening.
If you have any questions about accessing the 1619 Project or the New York Times, please leave a comment below or call the Reference Desk at 732-873-8700 ext.111.
Thanks for reading,