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The 1619 Project : a new origin story

Hannah-Jones, Nikole, (creator,, editor.). Roper, Caitlin, (editor.). Silverman, Ilena, (editor.). Silverstein, Jake, (editor.). New York Times Company. (Added Author).


"The animating idea of The 1619 Project is that our national narrative is more accurately told if we begin not on July 4, 1776, but in late August of 1619, when a ship arrived in Jamestown bearing a cargo of twenty to thirty enslaved people from Africa. Their arrival inaugurated a barbaric and unprecedented system of chattel slavery that would last for the next 250 years. This is sometimes referred to as the country's original sin, but it is more than that: It is the country's very origin. The 1619 Project tells this new origin story, placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are as a country. Orchestrated by the editors of The New York Times Magazine, led by MacArthur 'genius' and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, this collection of essays and historical vignettes includes some of the most outstanding journalists, thinkers, and scholars of American history and culture--including Linda Villarosa, Jamelle Bouie, Jeneen Interlandi, Matthew Desmond, Wesley Morris, and Bryan Stevenson. Together, their work shows how the tendrils of 1619--of slavery and resistance to slavery--reach into every part of our contemporary culture, from voting, housing and health care, to the way we sing and dance, the way we tell stories, and the way we worship. Interstitial works of flash fiction and poetry bring the history to life through the imaginative interpretations of some of our greatest writers. The 1619 Project ultimately sends a very strong message: We must have a clear vision of this history if we are to understand our present dilemmas. Only by reckoning with this difficult history and trying as hard as we can to understand its powerful influence on our present, can we prepare ourselves for a more just future."-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780593230572
  • ISBN: 0593230574
  • Physical Description: xxxiii, 590 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York [New York] : One World, [2021]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Created by Nikole Hannah-Jones, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, & The New York Times magazine"--Book jacket.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Preface: Origins / by Nikole Hannah-Jones -- The white lion / poem by Claudia Rankine -- Democracy / by Nikole Hannah-Jones -- Daughters of azimuth / poem by Nikky Finney -- Loving me / poem by Vievee Francis -- Race / by Dorothy Roberts -- Conjured / poem by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers -- A ghazalled sentence after "My people... Hold on" by Eddie Kendricks and the Negro Act of 1740 / poem by Terrance Hayes -- Sugar / by Khalil Gibran Muhammad -- First to rise / poem by Yusef Komunyakaa -- Proof [dear Phillis] / poem by Eve L. Ewing -- Fear / by Leslie Alexander and Michelle Alexander -- Freedom is not for myself alone / fiction by Robert Jones, Jr. -- Other persons / poem by Reginald Dwayne Betts -- Dispossession / by Tiya Miles -- Trouble the water / fiction by Barry Jenkins -- Sold South / fiction by Jesmyn Ward -- Capitalism / by Matthew Desmond -- Fort Mose / poem by Tyehimba Jess -- Before his execution / poem by Tim Seibles -- Politics / by Jamelle Bouie -- We as people / poem by Cornelius Eady -- A letter to Harriet Hayden / monologue by Lynn Nottage -- Citizenship / by Martha S. Jones -- The camp / fiction by Darryl Pinckney -- An absolute massacre / fiction by ZZ Packer -- Self-defense / by Carol Anderson -- Like to the rushing of a mighty wind / poem by Tracy K. Smith -- No car for colored [+] ladies (or, miss wells goes off [on] the rails) / poem by Evie Shockley -- Punishment / by Bryan Stevenson -- Race riot / poem by Forrest Hamer -- Greenwood / poem by Jasmine Mans -- Inheritance / by Trymaine Lee -- The new Negro / poem by A. Van Jordan -- Bad blood / fiction by Yaa Gyasi -- Medicine / by Linda Villarosa -- 1955 / poem by Danez Smith -- From behind the counter / fiction by Terry McMillan -- Church / by Anthea Butler -- Youth Sunday / poem by Rita Dove -- On "brevity" / poem by Camille T. Dungy -- Music / by Wesley Morris -- Quotidian / poem by Natasha Trethewey -- The panther is a virtual animal / poem by Joshua Bennett -- Health care / by Jeneen Interlandi -- Unbought, unbossed, unbothered / fiction by Nafissa Thompson-Spires -- Crazy when you smile / poem by Patricia Smith -- Traffic / by Kevin M. Kruse -- Rainbows aren't real, are they? / fiction by Kiese Laymon -- A surname to honor their mother / poem by Gregory Pardlo -- Progress / by Ibram X. Kendi -- At the Superdome after the storm has passed / poem by Clint Smith -- Mother and son / fiction by Jason Reynolds -- Justice / by Nikole Hannah-Jones -- Progress report / poem by Sonia Sanchez.
Subject: Slavery > Political aspects > United States > History.
African Americans > History.
Racism > United States > History.
United States > Race relations.
United States > Civilization.
1619 Project.
African Americans.
Medicine > History > 17th century.
1619 Project.
African Americans
Race Relations
History, 17th Century
United States
Noirs américains > Histoire.
Racisme > États-Unis > Histoire.
États-Unis > Relations raciales.
États-Unis > Civilisation.
Noirs américains.
Médecine > Histoire > 17e siècle.
African American.
HISTORY / United States / General.
HISTORY / African American & Black.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / American / African American & Black Studies.
African Americans.
Race relations.
Slavery > Political aspects.
United States.
1619 Project.
Slavery > Political aspects > United States.
African Americans.
United States > Race relations.
United States > Civilization.
Genre: Essay
Short stories.

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