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The 1619 Project, created by Nikole Hannah-Jones, “reveals long-glossed-over truths about our nation’s founding — and how the legacy of slavery did not end with emancipation but continued (and continues) to shape modern American life.”

Most of us grew up in an educational system that was less than forthright about the impact and importance of slavery in the American experience. There have been strong efforts to suppress that knowledge and those forces persist.

This project, published during the 400-year anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved people to the North American continent, is a compilation of the efforts of numerous scholars of history, economics, law, sociology and the arts. It is an effort to consider “what would it mean to reframe our understanding of U.S. history by considering 1619 as our country’s origin point, the birth of our defining contradictions, and the seed of so much of what has made us unique?” The implications to our current political, economic and social environments are not difficult to imagine.

Class participants are expected to either purchase the book or have a library copy.  The book identifiers are: LCCN 2021019866 (print); ISBN 9780593230572 (hardcover); ISBN 9780593230589 (ebook). The book is $21 in hardcover on Amazon.

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