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Nov 16, 2021 | ISBN 9780593230572

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“Pleasingly symmetrical . . . [a] mosaic of a book, which achieves the impossible on so many levels—moving from argument to fiction to argument, from theme to theme, and backward and forward in time, so smoothly.”Slate
 
“A wide-ranging, landmark summary of the Black experience in America: searing, rich in unfamiliar detail, exploring every aspect of slavery and its continuing legacy . . . Again and again, The 1619 Project brings the past to life in fresh ways . . . multifaceted and often brilliant.”The New York Times Book Review
 
“The groundbreaking project from The New York Times, which created a new origin story for America based on the very beginnings of American slavery, is expanded into a very large, very powerful full-length book.”Entertainment Weekly
 
“The ambitious project that got Americans rethinking our racial history—and sparked inevitable backlash—even before the reckoning that followed George Floyd’s murder, is expanded into a book incorporating essays from pretty much everyone you want to hear from about the country’s great topic and great shame.”LA Times
 
“This fall’s required reading.”Ms. Magazine

“[A] groundbreaking compendium . . . These bracing and urgent works, by multidisciplinary visionaries ranging from Barry Jenkins to Jesmyn Ward, build on the existing scholarship of The 1619 Project, exploring how the nation’s original sin continues to shape everything from our music to our food to our democracy. This collection is an extraordinary update to an ongoing project of vital truth-telling.”Esquire, Best Books of Fall 2021

“By teaching how the country’s history has been one of depriving the rights of one group for the gain of another, and how those marginalized worked to claim those rights for all, The 1619 Project restores people erased from the national narrative, offering a motivating, if sobering, origin story we need to understand if we are ever going to truly achieve ‘liberty and justice for all.’”—Women’s Review of Books

“Those readers open to fresh and startling interpretations of history will find this book a comprehensive education. A much-needed book that stakes a solid place in a battlefield of ideas over America’s past and present.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Powerful . . . This work asks readers to deeply consider who is allowed to shape the collective memory. Like the magazine version of the 1619 Project, this invaluable book sets itself apart by reframing readers’ understanding of U.S. history, past and present.”Library Journal (starred review)

“Pulitzer winner Hannah-Jones . . . and an impressive cast of historians, journalists, poets, novelists, and cultural critics deliver a sweeping study of the ‘unparalleled impact’ of African slavery on American society. . . . The result is a bracing and vital reconsideration of American history.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“For any lover of American history or letters, The 1619 Project is a visionary work that casts a sweeping, introspective gaze over what many have aptly termed the country’s original sin . . . The sheer breadth of this book is refreshing and illuminating, challenging each and every reader to confront America’s past, present and future.”BookPage (starred review)

“Readers will discover something new and redefining on every page as long-concealed incidents and individuals, causes and effects are brought to light by Hannah-Jones and seventeen other vital thinkers and clarion writers . . . The revelations are horrific and empowering. . . . [An] invaluable and galvanizing history . . . revelatory.”Booklist (starred review)

Table Of Contents

PREFACE by Nikole Hannah-Jones

CHAPTER ONE: Democracy by Nikole Hannah-Jones
 
CHAPTER TWO: The Creation of Race by Dorothy Roberts
 
CHAPTER THREE: Uprisings, Fear and Policing by Michelle and Leslie Alexander
 
CHAPTER FOUR: Second Amendment by Carol Anderson
 
CHAPTER FIVE: Native Americans and Slavery by Tiya Miles
 
CHAPTER SIX: The Roots of Capitalism by Matthew Desmond

CHAPTER SEVEN: Rule by Political Minority by Jamelle Bouie
 
CHAPTER SEVEN: Black Activism and Birthright Citizenship by Martha Jones

CHAPTER EIGHT: Mass Incarceration by Bryan Stevenson
 
CHAPTER NINE: The Sugar Trade by Khalil Muhammad
 
CHAPTER TEN: The Wealth Gap by Trymaine Lee
 
CHAPTER ELEVEN: The Roots of Racial Health Disparities by Linda Villarosa

CHAPTER TWELVE: Music by Wesley Morris

CHAPTER THIRTEEN: The Black Church by Anthea Butler
 
CHAPTER FOURTEEN: Health Care by Jeneen Interlandi
 
CHAPTER FIFTEEN: Traffic by Kevin Kruse
 
CHAPTER SIXTEEN: The Myth of Progress by Ibram Kendi
 
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN: Economic Justice by Nikole Hannah-Jones

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