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Assessing the 1619 Project: A Law & Liberty Symposium

In a recent meeting addressing the staff of the New York Times, the paper’s executive editor Dean Baquet announced that the Gray Lady’s new editorial direction for 2019 would include an effort to “write more deeply about the country, race, and other divisions.” The 1619 Project appears to be the first major fruit of this shift. Are these much-debated essays part of a concerted effort to undermine public faith in the basic decency of our regime? Do they merely represent a corrective to some of the nation’s long-held beliefs about how large a role slavery played in shaping our institutions today?

To address these and other concerns, we present four contributions to the ongoing debate about the 1619 Project:

The New York Times Resurrects the Positive Good Slavery Argument

by W.B. Allen

Slavery Gave Us Double-Entry Bookkeeping?

by Hans Eicholz

Reclaiming 1619

by Kevin Gutzman

America’s Exceptional Guilt

by Jason Ross

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on May 14, 2020 at 06:28:55 am

[…] our traditions, or our religious and social institutions. The New York Times’ “1619 Project,” indicting American history in toto as racist, is not based on an error of reason, mistake […]

on May 15, 2020 at 06:29:12 am

[…] The prime exhibit of their confluence in our current year is the New York Times’ “1619 Project.” And Strauss’ definition of the liberalism he saw developing around him is entirely […]

on June 11, 2020 at 06:29:46 am

[…] and their organ of propaganda, the Times, it has led to hatred of them. That’s because the 1619 Project has achieved everything liberals wanted: It won Pulitzers, it was consecrated with human sacrifices […]

on June 15, 2020 at 06:26:01 am

[…] Instead, they consistently emphasized the victim-oppressor narrative. The New York Times’ 1619 Project, which rides roughshod over historical accuracy in order to concoct a grievance-based American […]

on June 25, 2020 at 06:27:33 am

[…] sensitivities, the fanaticism which drives the Great Awokening has become abundantly evident. To question the 1619 project’s factual veracity, for example, is seen as evidence of implicit racism. Any confidence that the American Founding has […]

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