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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The 1619 Project

The New York Times has published an exceptional piece of enduring work called The 1619 Project.  (The date references 400th anniversary of enslaved people being brought to the-then British colonies in the Americas.)  There are more than 30 visual/written pieces from a variety of sources including journalists, historians, playwrights, poets, authors, and artists.


I urge everyone to read this moving and important body of work. 

The Pulitzer Center has pulled together the writings from the project, reading guides with quotes and key terms.  These are geared towards teachers but it might be a good place for you should you want to talk to your child about race in America.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Would be great for SPS to avail themselves of these free resources to provide more than just lip service and bandying about terms like white privilege to race/equity and ethnic studies. There's real meat here and incredible documentation of slavery's long-lasting repercussions on our economy and society.

I've asked both my teens to read the magazine and special section the NYT put out.

Concerned Parent

Anonymous said...

There were also whites advocating strongly against slavery, as well as the rights of Native Americans being displaced from their land as early (as they came) in the early 1600's. Roger Williams was known as an early abolitionist who advocated against slavery and wanted to keep it out of the new world. He also advocated for separation of church and state, and religious tolerance. He was often viewed as a heretic for his beliefs, his house was burned, and he was expelled from the British colony. He lived among the Native Americans where he learned their languages and published some of the first books in their languages. People like him are not often discussed. When you really delve into our history it is quite complex and interesting. I often think what if those leaders had shaped history differently in the US. What a different county we would have become.

LS

Anonymous said...

A men
I mean amen
But when you think of the plight brought about by men throughout history.

a men