The New York Times Magazine has produced a master work about the history of slavery in the United States. Through a partnership with the Pulitzer Center, the 1619 Project is available online as a tool for teachers, parents, tutors, and students to gain a deeper understanding of how the history of slavery affects us all to this day.
In case you missed the print version, a special issue of The New York Times Magazine, along with an accompanying special section, challenges us to reframe U.S. history by marking 1619 — the year when the first enslaved Africans arrived on Virginia soil — as the date of the foundation of the U.S. The project marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to Jamestown, Virginia, with a series of essays, images, stories, and poems. It is not an attempt to rewrite history or negate the revolution of or the founding of the country in the late 1700s, but there is much history that has been ignored in traditional history books.
This online link to the Pulitzer Committee’s curriculum for the 1619 Project offers a complete explanation and includes activities, discussion questions, and other resources to use The 1619 Project as an educational tool. While it’s aimed at teachers, tutors, parents, and students also will find it helpful as a beginning when working on a history project for class. A good place to start is the Reading Guide.