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Introducing ‘1619,’ a New York Times Audio Series

Introducing ‘1619,’ a New York Times Audio Series

Update: 2019-08-2383
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Four hundred years ago, in August 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the 250 years of slavery that followed.

“1619,” a New York Times audio series, examines the long shadow of that fateful moment. Today, instead of our usual show, we present Episode 1: “The Fight for a True Democracy.”

Host: Nikole Hannah-Jones, who writes for The New York Times Magazine. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

This episode includes scenes of graphic violence.

Background reading:

  • “Without the idealistic, strenuous and patriotic efforts of black Americans, our democracy today would most likely look very different — it might not be a democracy at all,” Nikole Hannah-Jones writes.
  • The “1619” audio series is part of The 1619 Project, a major initiative from The Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. Read more from the project here.
Comments (26)

Philly Burbs

anyone who escaped to the USA from Italy/Irland in the early 1900s understands what it is like to be oppressed for generations. if you were Italian & Jewish treatment was worse. you won't find any of this in history books because all history books have been edited by the writer however the political wind is blowing at that time. these stories are repeated by mouth & found in diaries otherwise they would have been forgotten. When the men & families came to the US from Italy they were immediately separated by the color of their skin at Elis Island & told where they could & could not live & how much education they were to have. A lot of immigrants from many countries have that same story. "of, by, for the people" in the US has never existed. not ever not even today that's why we have the electoral college. Study the history of most countries. there are always an elite class & those who are shit on. u want to guarantee no black President ever again? U want Trump & his family in the white house for the next generation or a man who thinks & acts like him: offer healthcare to illegal immigrants & noncitizens have an open door policy in the south ask/demand reparations.

Aug 26th
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Paul Morse

nobody wants to do a little Socratic method? c'mon it'll be fun

Aug 26th
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Matty March

Paul Morse there is a lot of fun

Aug 26th
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Paul Morse

ok, just for fun I would like to get into an argument with some one who is disputing anything she said

Aug 26th
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Matty March

Paul Morse there are lots of fun

Aug 26th
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Paul Morse

I like reasonable discourse. I think you've achieved that

Aug 26th
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Matty March

Paul Morse that's interesting

Aug 26th
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Paul Morse

I like reasonable discourse. I think you've achieved that

Aug 26th
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Paul Morse

this seems to me to be a very fair reflection on American slavery. Thank you.

Aug 26th
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Carmel Macklin

thank you so much for this series! I will definately subscribe to 1619. Unfortunately its hard for people to hear the truth about Americas ugly history however the resilience of the people is what also makes us great! keep telling our stories!

Aug 24th
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Thomas Franklin

wow too trash to be on the real daily

Aug 24th
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Jake Hunter

Thomas Franklin Fuck off retard.

Aug 26th
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Matthew Sharr

thank you

Aug 23rd
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William

Great episode. Interesting perspective. looking forward to the next one.

Aug 23rd
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Angelina Jefferson

Thank you!

Aug 23rd
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Tom Loader

The majority of the entire world was still practicing this evil mostly against the weak or their enemies. In fact it is still in practice today in places. This country recognized the evil of slavery and turned against it and purged it. This fact should be celebrated. Instead the left is trying to push a narrative that slavery was a sin of just the white men of America which is totally untrue. The narrative is being pushed for one reason, Votes, which equal power and control. Wake up. They seek to divide us by appealing to a false sense guilt and blame. Love one another and move forward. Judge a person by their actions not what group they are a part of.

Aug 23rd
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Tom Loader

Tom Loader Thank you for taking the time to articulate your thoughts. We may not agree on everything but the dialogue is a good thing. We probably have more in common than would appear on the surface. Yes slaughter and slavery was routine between black tribes in Africa. Routine in red people of the Americas. Routine with yellow people in Asia. etc etc. The left very often ignores history in favor of their narrative ( white man bad, America bad). Yes this evil occurred in America as it did in all of history around the world. Yes it has negative affects to this day. But what is the answer, "to continue to move forward away from it". I contend it is NOT to cherry pick a BAD race to demonize and attack. To encourage every non white skinned to feel oppressed whether or not they have ever been oppressed. Encourage non whites to hate whites for the sins of their ancestors even when non white ancestors participated in the same evils. Not logical and is the basis for so much anger and resentment in our country right now. Racism exists in this country and elsewhere. We should all fight against it. Let's not pretend evil exists in just one Boogeyman color. Let's fight it together no matter where or what color it exists in. Logically when it occurs and not generations in the past.

Aug 24th
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Rick Wagner

Tom Loader because there were a few non-whites participating in slavery hardly muddies the waters that dhoe that slavery benefited white powerful men in america. we had slavery far longer then almost any other nation. name another nation that had a civil war over the right to keep slaves? that fact alone shows how much the south wanted to keep slaves. You can still talk to black men today that witnessed lynchings. the pain the black race felt is hardly a far off memory. the people that want to say racism is a thing of the past and we don't need to learn any more about slavery are almost always white and refuse to accept the fact that the effects of racism are still seen to this very day.

Aug 24th
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April Gallays

This was a great episode and I look forward to listening to the new series. I really like the audio clips it keeps me really engaged. well done.

Aug 23rd
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Chris

embarrassing how biased NYT is....

Aug 23rd
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Andrew Halvorson

Chris Go make Tik Tok videos you goof

Aug 23rd
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Tim Henderson

Chris Yeah, I cant believe they are so anti-slavery. How liberal of them?

Aug 23rd
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Introducing ‘1619,’ a New York Times Audio Series

Introducing ‘1619,’ a New York Times Audio Series