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The 1619 Project

The main focus of CriticalRace.org is Critical Race Theory (CRT) and its applications in higher education, as this is where the ideology was first developed and where many individuals are trained. While CRT has been around for a few decades, it really has gained prominence since the rise of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, serving as an intellectual underpinning to grant the movement a perception of legitimacy as a civil rights movement. The 1619 Project attempts to bring all these forces together to reimagine and revise the historical narrative of America. The central premise is that America was not founded in 1776, or in the early colonies, or when the Constitution was ratified. According to this new interpretation, the functional founding of America occurred when the first enslaved Africans arrived on the North American continent. Further, the authors claim, the colonists fought the Revolutionary War primarily to protect the slave trade. First published in August 2019 by New York Times Magazine, the 1619 Project "aims to reframe the country's history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of the United States' national narrative." Activists have proposed the 1619 Project as history curriculum in elementary, secondary, and higher education.

In response, a growing number of historians, scholars, and critics have written about some of the logical fallacies, false equivalencies, and historical errors in the 1619 Project.

Here we include some reading material, criticisms, and other resources to understand the impact of The 1619 Project in American society and in particular, education:

American Institute of Economic Research

1619 Project Resource
Phillip Magness
Fact Checking the 1619 Project and Its Critics
Phillip Magness
Should K-12 Classrooms Teach from the 1619 Project?
Phillip Magness
The 1619 Project Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry
Ian Rowe
The 1619 Project Perpetuates the Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations
Phillip Magness
The 1619 Project Resurrects King-Cotton Ideology of the Old South
Phillip Magness
The Case for Retracting Matthew Desmond’s 1619 Project Essay
Phillip Magness
What the 1619 Project’s Critics Get Wrong about Lincoln

Heritage Foundation

1619 Project Resource
‘1619’ Pulitzer Will Boost Socialist Teaching in Schools
1619 and the Poisoned Well of Identity Politics
1776, Not 1619
A Review of the 1619 Project Curriculum
A Year Later, Objections to the History-Distorting 1619 Project Grow Louder
Capitalism in the 1619 Project
The Real Goals of The 1619 Project

Legal Insurrection Foundation

1619 Project Resource
Rescuing History and Education From The 1619 Project (Full Event)
Rescuing History and Education From The 1619 Project (Highlights)
Rescuing History and Education From The 1619 Project (Transcript)

National Association of Scholars

1619 Project Resource
Lucas Morel
America Wasn’t Founded on White Supremacy
David Randall
Kick the ‘1619 Project’ Out of Schools
Seth Forman
The 1619 Project: Believe Your Lying Eyes
Peter Wood, Phillip W. Magness and Robert Cherry
The Economics and Politics of The 1619 Project
Peter Wood
The New York Times Revises The 1619 Project, Barely
David Acevedo
Washington Schools Reject The 1619 Project

Additional Resources

1619 Project Resource
Tyler O’Neil, PJ Media
1619 Project Backlash Is Building in Statehouses Across the Country
Mary Grabar
Debunking the 1619 Project: Exposing the Plan to Divide America
Phillip Magness in Quillette Magazine
Down the 1619 Project’s Memory Hole
Rich Lowry, National Review
Historians Roast the 1619 Project
James Masnov, New Discourses
History Killers: The Academic Fraudulence of the 1619 Project
Jeff Reynolds, PJ Media
Mark Levin Takes Aim at the New York Times’ 1619 Project
Dan McLaughlin, National Review
No, Modern Policing Did Not Originate with Slavery
Washington Times Editorial
Revisionists at it again: The ‘1619 Project’ is bad history fueled by bad motives
New York Times op-ed by Bret Stephens
The 1619 Chronicles
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