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1619 Project



  • 1619, Revisited

    by Nicholas Guyatt

    Argument isn’t an obstacle to the work of historians; it is the work of historians. Public interest in 1619 has suggested something truly profound: that Americans have the capacity to think differently about their history. 



  • On Recent Criticism of The 1619 Project

    by Jake Silverstein

    Critics of the 1619 Project have identified changes and edits to the text of Nikole Hannah-Jones's article, which they claim were made surreptitiously to conceal errors. Editor Jake Silverstein addresses those criticisms. 



  • How the 1619 Project took over 2020

    Interviewing project lead Nikole Hannah-Jones and numerous supporters and detractors, Sarah Ellison explores why the 1619 project, more than a year after its publication, is still making people argue about history.



  • How We Teach US History

    Historian Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year N'Dia Riegler, and Director of Literacy and Humanities for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education discuss how to teach the difficult and conflict-ridden aspects of the national past. 



  • Why President Trump is Targeting the 1619 Project

    by Julian Zelizer

    "There is nothing unpatriotic about a clear-eyed view of our nation's past. Indeed, understanding the problems and failures at the center of our nation is to take our history seriously."



  • What Trump is Missing About American History

    by Leslie M. Harris and Karin Wulf

    "Journalists and politicians are examples of two groups that are differently but equally susceptible to a desire for clarity and simplicity about the historical past. But the past is rarely clear and was never simple."


  • Trump's "History Conference" Attacks Critical History

    Trump attempted to make school history curriculum a culture war front and pledged to establish a "1776 Commission" to ensure patriotic history education. CONTENT WARNING: Some historians responded with swear words.



  • US History: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

    John Oliver takes a look at how the history of race in America is taught in schools, how we can make those teachings more accurate, and why it’s in everyone's best interest to understand the most realistic version of the past.