The 1619 Project

A New American Origin Story

Paperback, 624 pages

English language

Published Nov. 30, 2021 by WH Allen.

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A dramatic expansion of the award-winning special issue of The New York Times Magazine — named one of the “top works of journalism of the decade” — this ground-breaking book reveals a new vision of America’s history and identity.

The 1619 Project charts this new story of the origins of America by starting in August 1619 when a ship arrives in Virginia bearing a cargo of twenty to thirty enslaved people from Africa. Their arrival led to the barbaric and unprecedented system of chattel slavery that would last for the next 250 years.

Orchestrated by the editors of The New York Times Magazine and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, The 1619 Project weaves together 18 essays that explore The legacy of slavery in present-day America with 36 poems and works of fiction that illuminate key moments of oppression, struggle and resistance — including archival portrait photography of Black Americans.

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