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Capitalism vs. Slavery...and The New York Times' 1619 Project

The 1619 Project
The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.

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The 1619 Project

The 1619 Project is an ongoing project developed by The New York Times Magazine in 2019 with the goal of re-examining the legacy of slavery in the United States and timed for the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia. It is an interactive project by Nikole Hannah-Jones, a reporter for The New York Times, with contributions by the paper's writers, including essays on the history of different aspects of contemporary American life which the authors believe have "roots in slavery and its aftermath."[1] It also includes poems, short fiction, and a photo essay.[2] Originally conceived of as a special issue for August 20, 2019, it was soon turned into a full-fledged project, including a special broadsheet section in the newspaper, live events, and a multi-episode podcast series.[3]

The New York Times has said that the contributions were deeply researched, and arguments verified by a team of fact-checkers in consultation with historians.[4] However, in interviews on the World Socialist Web Site, historians Gordon S. Wood, James M. McPherson, Richard Carwardine, and James Oakes have criticized the 1619 Project, stating that the project has put forward misleading and historically inaccurate claims.[5][6][7][8]. Historian Leslie M. Harris, who served as a fact-checker for the project, contends that the authors ignored her corrections.[9]

Project creator Nikole Hannah-Jones was awarded the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for the 1619 Project.[10][11]

The 1619 Project has been criticized by some American historians, including historians of the American Revolution Gordon Wood[6] and Sean Wilentz,[30] and Civil War experts Richard Carwardine[5] and James McPherson.[7] McPherson stated in an interview that he was "disturbed" by the project's "unbalanced, one-sided account, which lacked context and perspective on the complexity of slavery, which was clearly, obviously, not an exclusively American institution, but existed throughout history." McPherson continued, "slavery in the United States was only a small part of a larger world process that unfolded over many centuries. And in the United States, too, there was not only slavery but also an antislavery movement."[7] Historian James Oakes criticized Hannah-Jones's assertion that "Anti-black racism runs in the very DNA of this country."[8]

Historian Victoria Bynum, author of the historical book behind the film Free State of Jones, has also been critical of the project. She said, "regardless of how successful slaveholders were in inculcating the common people with racism, the idea that anyone 'that harbored racial prejudice was a priori historically responsible for slavery,' appears to be a rhetorical device aimed at rendering racism timeless and immutable."[31]

Historian Leslie M. Harris, who was consulted by the New York Times during development of the 1619 Project, wrote in Politico that she warned of the historical inaccuracy of the idea that the 13 colonies went to war to protect slavery, but "despite my advice, the Times published the incorrect statement about the American Revolution anyway".[32] However, she argued more forcefully against critiques which she viewed as implying that the existence of those inaccuracies is enough to discredit the project's central aims.[32]

The project has received criticism from conservatives.[17] Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich criticized the project as "brainwashing" "propaganda", in a tweet,[17][33] and called it "a lie" in a subsequent media appearance.[16][17] Senator Ted Cruz has also equated it with propaganda.[21] Conservative commentator Byron York, writing for the Washington Examiner, characterized the project as an attempt to reframe American history in accordance with the values of New York Times editors, as part of an alleged ongoing campaign by the paper to shift the narrative of the Trump presidency from the Trump–Russia affair toward race, in the re-election year.[24] Conservative pundit Erick Erickson also criticized the "racial lenses" deployed in revisiting history.[17] President Donald Trump, Senator Cruz and Newt Gingrich have echoed the opinions expressed by the conservative commentators.[16][17][22] The August 18, 2019, edition of the Washington Examiner said, "The 1619 project has been panned by critics as an attempt to reduce the entirety of American history to a lesson on slavery and race."[33]

An analysis in New York Magazine by Andrew Sullivan, a former contributor to The New York Times Magazine, critiqued the project as an important perspective that needed to be heard, but one presented in a biased way under the guise of objectivity. He said this was evidence of The New York Times' shift from impartial reporting to activism.[34]

In February 2020, a rival project called the 1776 Project was launched to counter The 1619 Project.[35]

Basically just another re-write of history.  Probably has much to do with the BLM revolution we are seeing these days.
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