Jun 15, 2020 2020-06-15
The 1619 Project, inaugurated with a special issue of The New York Times Magazine, reframes US history by marking the year when the first enslaved Africans arrived on Virginia soil as the nation’s foundational date. The Project is a collection of essays and literary works observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. A curriculum created by the Pulitzer Center to complement the series of essays, published by The New York Times for the Project, offers teachers a new way to introduce the history of slavery to their students. Teachers can start by diving into the Reading Guide. The Pulitzer Center is asking teachers to submit their lessons to be shared with other educators.
Plus: The 1619 podcast, part of the 1619 Project from The New York Times, begins with the sound of surf and seagulls along the coast of Point Comfort in Hampton, Virginia, where, 400 years ago, in a ship called White Lion, enslaved African people arrived for the first time in what became the United States. Through powerful writing and archival audio, the podcast illuminates the history and legacy of how the United States was built simultaneously on the language of freedom and the economics of slavery. The series includes an introduction to “1619” along with five episodes entitled “The Fight for a True Democracy,” “The Economy That Slavery Built,” “The Birth of American Music,” “How the Bad Blood Started,” and “The Land of Our Fathers” (Parts 1 and 2). The episodes may be accessed by subscribing to Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Stitcher, or by using the Podbean player and free app for iOS and Android devices, with in-app purchases.