The 1620 Project
The 1620 Project is a rich collection of scholarly voices, gathered to refute the New York Times’ 1619 Project and provide broader pictures of American history. We are proud to feature these diverse voices in essays, podcasts, video interviews, and transcripts.

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November 25, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving from NAS!

John David

Even in this rollercoaster of a year, there is still much for which we may be thankful. Here are our top five encouraging higher ed developments from 2020.

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November 17, 2020

America Wasn’t Founded on Slavery in 1619 — but on Pilgrims’ Ideals Written in 1620

Peter Wood

Plymouth, not Jamestown, was the real beginning of America, argues NAS President Peter Wood in his new book, "1620,"  a comprehensive takedown of the New York Times' 1619 Project.

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October 6, 2020

Pulitzer Board Must Revoke Nikole Hannah-Jones' Prize

Peter Wood

We call on the Pulitzer Prize Board to rescind the 2020 Prize for Commentary awarded to Nikole Hannah-Jones for her lead essay in “The 1619 Project.” 

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October 5, 2020

Tom Klingenstein on Cancel Culture and 1619

National Association of Scholars

The issues that cancel culture presents are not new, but they are powerful in a way that we haven’t seen in generations. Complacency is, unfortunately, not an option.

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September 17, 2020

Video: White House Conference on American History

National Association of Scholars

Watch NAS President Peter W. Wood speak at the first ever White House Conference on American History.

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September 10, 2020

Slavery or Freedom: The Conception of America

National Association of Scholars

Was America conceived in slavery or freedom? Join us for this week-long online conference Sept. 14-18, 2020.

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August 27, 2020

Video: 1776 v. 1619

National Association of Scholars

Was America founded on the idea of liberty or on the brutality of slavery?

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August 13, 2020

1776 v. 1619: Two Visions of American History

National Association of Scholars

Webinar Event: Was America founded on the idea of liberty or on the brutality of slavery?

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August 10, 2020

Kick the ‘1619 Project’ Out of Schools

David Randall

America’s future depends on knowing our true past. We must get rid of the 1619 Project Curriculum to save our children from the anti-American lies of the woke establishment.

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July 30, 2020

In Defense of Unbiased History Education

Jay Bergman

An open letter from NAS Board Member Jay Bergman to the superintendent of Newington schools on the dangers of 1619 Project-inspired history curricula in K-12 education.

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July 24, 2020

NAS Applauds Senator Tom Cotton's Saving American History Act

National Association of Scholars

Senator Tom Cotton has introduced the Saving American History Act of 2020, a bill that would reduce federal funding to public schools that teach The 1619 Project.

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June 22, 2020

Re-Founding a Nation: Jamestown Year 1

Bruce Gilley

To change the future, radicals must capture the past.

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June 11, 2020

Video: The History of American Enterprise with H.W. Brand

National Association of Scholars

The story of how Americans have made their living—earned their daily bread, bought and sold goods and services, created jobs and companies, organized and innovated, bargained and battled in the...

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May 19, 2020

And the Pulitzer goes to...Nikole Hannah-Jones?

John David

Hannah-Jones' eminently flawed 1619 Project essay deserved no consideration for this award due to its widespread disregard of journalistic standards and historical facts, as well as her refus...

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May 7, 2020

The Collapse of the Fourth Estate

Peter Wood

Nikole Hannah-Jones won a Pulitzer Prize for her work in The 1619 Project. This does nothing but demonstrate the Pulitzer Committee's tribal loyalty to progressivism.

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May 4, 2020

Pulitzer and the Politicization of American History

Christopher Kendall

How did a piece of historical commentary that misrepresents central elements of the American founding, rejects rigorous historical analysis, and elevates proudly biased distortions of history win the...

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April 14, 2020

The 1620 Project and its Critics

John David

Despite its particular challenges, the history of Plymouth Colony is an absolutely vital aspect of the American founding. We ought to treat it as such.

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April 7, 2020

Missing the Point of Plymouth Rock

David Randall

It is the essential, central component of the story of American liberty.

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March 16, 2020

The New York Times Revises The 1619 Project, Barely

Peter Wood

After more than six months of criticism from historians, The New York Times has very slightly revised part of The 1619 Project. It's a start, but we hope they will do more.

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March 10, 2020

The New York Times Won't Engage with 1619 Detractors

John David

The New York Times' 1619 Project claims to “recast all of American history.” Why won't its writers discuss with historians?

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March 3, 2020

Excluding Experts

National Association of Scholars

Nikole Hannah-Jones ought to step up, be courageous, and debate the historians with whom she disagrees, argues Peter Wood in a recent essay.

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February 20, 2020

The Economics and Politics of The 1619 Project

Peter Wood, Phillip W. Magness and Robert Cherry

Robert Cherry and Phil Magness join Peter W. Wood to discuss The 1619 Project, including its dubious portrayal of the economics of American slavery.

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January 7, 2020

NAS's 1620 Project Gets Off the Ground

John David

The 1620 Project is a rich collection of scholarly voices, gathered to refute the New York Times’1619 Project and provide broader pictures of American history.

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November 21, 2019

Episode #46: Lincoln Redux: Race and American History with Lucas Morel

David Randall

In this episode, David Randall and political scientist Lucas Morel discuss Morel's response to the lead essay of the New York Times' 1619 Project, as well as strategies for countering the ...

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November 15, 2019

The Truth About America's Founding and Slavery

Daniel Davis

During this in-depth interview, Allen Guelzo talks about the New York Times' 1619 project, reparations, capitalism and its role in our history, and more.

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October 21, 2019

America Wasn't Founded on White Supremacy

Lucas Morel

Were the founding fathers' stated ideals different from their true intentions? Professor Lucas Morel explores this question through a critique of Nikole Hannah-Jones' influential piece for...

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October 19, 2019

America’s Exceptional Guilt

Jason Ross

A Liberty University professor explains the emergence of the "neo-Garrisonian" view of the Constitution, recently promulgated in The New York Times' 1619 Project, ...

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October 18, 2019

Reclaiming 1619

Kevin R. C. Gutzman

A prominent historian critiques the New York Times' over-simplified portrayal of American slavery, instead offering a more holistic account of the events surrounding our country'...

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October 18, 2019

Conference Call Invitation: The 1620 Project

David Randall

Join us next Wednesday, October 23, at 2 PM Eastern for a conference call to discuss The 1620 Project, NAS's response to The New York Times' 1619 Project.

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October 8, 2019

How the Times’ 1619 Project Misses the Point

David Randall

As Englishmen had become Americans, liberty and equality shifted from customs to rights, and slavery became a very peculiar institution indeed, a repellent anomaly in a world of freedom.

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October 7, 2019

Slavery Gave Us Double-Entry Bookkeeping?

Hans Eicholz

An essay from the New York Times makes a striking choice on which facts to include and which to leave aside for the purpose of constructing a new theory of capital. Hans Eicholz rebuts Matthew Desmond...

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October 7, 2019

Positive Good Slavery Argument Makes a Comeback at The New York Times

William B. Allen

The "1619 Project" declares that the economic and social advances of the United States are owing to the development of slavery in the American South. As stated, argues W.B. Allen, The New...

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September 23, 2019

400 Years of Slavery

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter

Professors Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss the New York Times' 1619 Project, the problem with centering the American experiment on race, and current racial disparities. 

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September 19, 2019

The History of American Enterprise

H. W. Brands

The ingenuity of the American mindset is what has made America wealthy.

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September 18, 2019

America is Hopelessly Racist

Peter Wood

What does it mean to re-write America's foundational myth?

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September 16, 2019

Slavery Did Not Make America Rich

Deirdre Nansen McCloskey

We should stop using the history of slavery for present-day politics against capitalism.

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The 1620 Project.

The 1620 Project is an active and ongoing project of the National Association of Scholars. Our effors are broad in scope but narrow in purpose: to counter the false narratives and dishonest scholarship of activists with the truth of historical fact.