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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story
EditionInternational Edition
ISBN0593230574, 978-0593230572
Posted onNovember 16, 2021
Page Count642 pages
AuthorNikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Magazine, Caitlin Roper, Ilena Silverman, Jake Silverstein

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An emotional extension of a notable work of news coverage, The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story offers a significantly noteworthy vision of the American at various times.

In late August 1619, a boat showed up in the British state of Virginia bearing freight of twenty to thirty subjugated individuals from Africa. Their appearance prompted the primitive and extraordinary arrangement of American asset bondage that would keep going for the following 250 years. This is some of the time alluded to as the country’s unique sin, yet it is more than that: It is the wellspring of such a lot that actually characterizes the United States.

The New York Times Magazines’ grant-winning 1619 Project issue rethought our comprehension of American history by putting servitude and its proceeding with inheritance at the focal point of our public story. This new book generously develops that work, weaving together eighteen papers that investigate the tradition of bondage in present-day America with 36 sonnets and works of fiction that enlighten key snapshots of mistreatment, battle, and obstruction. The papers show how the legacy of 1619 ventures into all aspects of contemporary American culture, from governmental issues, music, diet, traffic, and citizenship to private enterprise, religion, and our vote-based system itself.

This is a book that talks straightforwardly to our present second, contextualizing the frameworks of race and rank inside which we work today. It uncovers since quite a while ago overlooked facts around our countries establishing and construction and the way that the tradition of subjugation didn’t end with liberation, however, keeps on forming contemporary American life.

About the Author

Nikole Hannah-Jones is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter covering racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine, and creator of the landmark 1619 Project. In 2017, she received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, known as the Genius Grant, for her work on educational inequality. She has also won a Peabody Award, two George Polk Awards, three National Magazine Awards, and the 2018 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism from Columbia University.

In 2016, Hannah-Jones co-founded the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, a training, and mentorship organization geared toward increasing the number of investigative reporters of color. Hannah-Jones is the Knight Chair in Race and Journalism at Howard University, where she has founded the Center for Journalism and Democracy. In 2021, she was named one of Time’s 100 most influential people in the world.

The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the four hundredth anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It is led by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, along with New York Times Magazine editor-in-chief Jake Silverstein and editors Ilena Silverman and Caitlin Roper.

Table of contents :

  • Cover
  • Title Page
  • Copyright
  • Author’s Note
  • A Note about This Book
  • Epigraph
  • Preface: Origins by Nikole Hannah-Jones
  • 1619
    The White Lion, poem by Claudia Rankine
    Chapter 1: Democracy by Nikole Hannah-Jones
  • 1662
    Daughters of Azimuth, poem by Nikky Finney
  • 1682
    Loving Me, poem by Vievee Francis
    Chapter 2: Race by Dorothy Roberts
  • 1731
    Conjured, poem by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
  • 1740
    A Ghazalled Sentence After “My People…Hold on” by Eddie Kendricks and the Negro Act of 1740, poem by Terrance Hayes
    Chapter 3: Sugar by Khalil Gibran Muhammad
  • 1770
    First to Rise, poem by Yusef Komunyakaa
  • 1773
    Proof [dear Phillis], poem by Eve L. Ewing
    Chapter 4: Fear by Leslie Alexander and Michelle Alexander
  • 1775
    Freedom Is Not for Myself Alone, fiction by Robert Jones, Jr.
  • 1791
    Other Persons, poem by Reginald Dwayne Betts
    Chapter 5: Dispossession by Tiya Miles
  • 1800
    Trouble the Water, fiction by Barry Jenkins
  • 1808
    Sold South, fiction by Jesmyn Ward
    Chapter 6: Capitalism by Matthew Desmond
  • 1816
    Fort Mose, poem by Tyehimba Jess
  • 1822
    Before His Execution, poem by Tim Seibles
    Chapter 7: Politics by Jamelle Bouie
  • 1830
    We as People, poem by Cornelius Eady
  • 1850
    A Letter to Harriet Hayden, monologue by Lynn Nottage
    Chapter 8: Citizenship by Martha S. Jones
  • 1863
    The Camp, fiction by Darryl Pinckney
  • 1866
    An Absolute Massacre, fiction by ZZ Packer
    Chapter 9: Self-Defense by Carol Anderson
  • 1870
    Like to the Rushing of a Mighty Wind, poem by Tracy K. Smith
  • 1883
    no car for colored [+] ladies (or, miss wells goes off [on] the rails), poem by Evie Shockley
    Chapter 10: Punishment by Bryan Stevenson
  • 1898
    Race Riot, poem by Forrest Hamer
  • 1921
    Greenwood, poem by Jasmine Mans
    Chapter 11: Inheritance by Trymaine Lee
  • 1925
    Bad Blood, fiction by Yaa Gyasi
    Chapter 12: Medicine by Linda Villarosa
  • 1955
  • 1955, poem by Danez Smith
  • 1960
    From Behind the Counter, fiction by Terry McMillan
    Chapter 13: Church by Anthea Butler
  • 1963
    Youth Sunday, a poem by Rita Dove
    On “Brevity”, a poem by Camille T. Dungy
    Chapter 14: Music by Wesley Morris
  • 1965
    Quotidian, poem by Natasha Trethewey
  • 1966
    The Panther Is a Virtual Animal, poem by Joshua Bennett
    Chapter 15: Healthcare by Jeneen Interlandi
  • 1972
    Unbought, Unbossed, Unbothered, fiction by Nafissa Thompson-Spires
  • 1974
    Crazy When You Smile, a poem by Patricia Smith
    Chapter 16: Traffic by Kevin M. Kruse
  • 1984
    Rainbows Aren’t Real, Are They?, fiction by Kiese Laymon
  • 1985
    A Surname to Honor Their Mother, poem by Gregory Pardlo
    Chapter 17: Progress by Ibram X. Kendi
  • 2005
    At the Superdome After the Storm Has Passed, a poem by Clint Smith
  • 2008
    Mother and Son, fiction by Jason Reynolds
    Chapter 18: Justice by Nikole Hannah-Jones
  • 2020
    Progress Report, a poem by Sonia Sanchez
  • Notes
  • Contributors
  • Credits

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An emotional extension of a notable work of news coverage, The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story offers a significantly noteworthy vision of the American at various times.


Author: Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Magazine, Caitlin Roper, Ilena Silverman, Jake Silverstein

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