The 1619 Project is an ongoing project developed by The New York Times Magazine in 2019 with the goal of re-examining the legacy of slavery in the United States and timed for the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia. It is an interactive project by Nikole Hannah-Jones, a reporter for The New York Times,
with contributions by the paper's writers, including essays on the
history of different aspects of contemporary American life which the
authors believe have "roots in slavery and its aftermath." It also includes poems, short fiction, and a photo essay.
Originally conceived of as a special issue for August 20, 2019, it was
soon turned into a full-fledged project, including a special broadsheet
section in the newspaper, live events, and a multi-episode podcast
The New York Times has said that the contributions were
deeply researched, and arguments verified by a team of fact-checkers in
consultation with historians. However, historians Gordon S. Wood, James M. McPherson, and Richard Carwardine
are among those who have criticized the 1619 Project, stating that the
project has put forward misleading and historically inaccurate claims,
including ignorance of context, misrepresentation of quotes by key
figures of the time, and an intentional lack of inclusion of historical
facts and events that refute the primary thesis of the 1619 project,
leading one critic to call the work "a preposterous and one-dimensional
reading of the American past."
Project creator Nikole Hannah-Jones was awarded the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for the 1619 Project.
Hannah-Jones was born in Waterloo, Iowa, to father Milton Hannah, who is African-American, and mother Cheryl A. Novotny, who is of Czech and English descent. (Bi-Racial) Hannah-Jones is the second of three sisters. In 1947, when her father was two years old, his family moved north to Iowa from Greenwood, Mississippi, in the Mississippi Delta region, as did many other African-American families.
Hannah-Jones and her sister attended almost all-white schools as part of a voluntary program of desegregation busing. She attended Waterloo West High School, where she wrote for the high school newspaper and graduated in 1994.
Hannah-Jones has a bachelor's degree in History and African-American Studies from the University of Notre Dame,
which she received in 1998. While at Notre Dame Hannah-Jones penned an
op-ed for The Observer in which she compared Columbus to Hitler, and
referred to the “white race” as “devils.” She graduated from the University of North Carolina Hussman School of Journalism and Media with a master's degree in 2003, where she was a Roy H. Park Fellow.
I see this project more like one that might be considered 1369.