The New York Times’ 1619 Project, launched in August 2019, mobilized vast editorial and financial resources to portray racial conflict as the central driving force of American history. The Project denigrated the democratic content of the American Revolution and of the Civil War; it omitted the struggle for labor and civil rights in the twentieth century.
The 1619 Project does not mention Frederick Douglass and his influence on Lincoln’s Civil War policies, nor Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. It is entirely based upon the reactionary and discredited theories of black nationalist Lerone Bennett.
The book elaborates American history through lectures, essays, and interviews with eminent historians Gordon Wood, James M. McPherson, Victoria Bynum, James Oakes, Richard Carwardine, Adolph Reed Jr., Dolores Janiewski, and Clayborne Carson.
These lectures and essays answer the deep intellectual, social, and cultural crisis of capitalist society, manifested in the racialist theorizing of the NY Times’ 1619 Project, with the struggle for objective truth upon which the unity of the working class is based. An Afterword examines the reactionary premises of Trump’s “1776 Project.”
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Part I: HISTORICAL CRITIQUE OF THE 1619 PROJECT
*The New York Times’ 1619 Project: A Racialist Falsification of American and World History; *Slavery and the American Revolution; *The “Irrepressible Conflict”: Slavery, the Civil War, and America’s Second Revolution; *Race, Class, and Socialism
Part II: INTERVIEWS with eight historians
Part III: POLEMICS
Part IV: HISTORICAL COMMENTARY
Part V: THE CRISIS OF THE NEW YORK TIMES’ 1619 PROJECT
AFTERWORD: Trump’s 1776 Travesty
Contains a Foreword, Photo Section, Works Cited, Index