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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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

NAS

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 30, 2019

Was it Good Fortune to be Enslaved by the British Empire?

Bruce Gilley

Professor Gilley examines the state of slavery in Africa and throughout the British Empire at the now infamous date of 1619. 

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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.