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1619 Podcast

Written by on October 21, 2020

1619



In August of 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. America was not yet America, but this was the moment it began. No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the 250 years of slavery that followed. On the 400th anniversary of this fateful moment, it is time to tell the story.


Latest Episodes:

  • Episode 5: The Land of Our Fathers, Part 2
    The Provosts, a family of sugar-cane farmers in Louisiana, had worked the same land for generations. When it became harder and harder to keep hold of that land, June Provost... Read more
    Published on: 2019-10-11
  • Episode 5: The Land of Our Fathers, Part 1
    More than a century and a half after the promise of 40 acres and a mule, the story of black land ownership in America remains one of loss and dispossession.... Read more
    Published on: 2019-10-04
  • Episode 4: How the Bad Blood Started
    Black Americans were denied access to doctors and hospitals for decades. From the shadows of this exclusion, they pushed to create the nation’s first federal health care programs. On today’s... Read more
    Published on: 2019-09-13
  • Episode 3: The Birth of American Music
    Black music, forged in captivity, became the sound of complete artistic freedom. It also became the sound of America. On today’s episode: Wesley Morris, a critic-at-large for The New York... Read more
    Published on: 2019-09-06
  • Episode 2: The Economy That Slavery Built
    The institution of slavery turned a poor, fledgling nation into a financial powerhouse, and the cotton plantation was America’s first big business. Behind the system, and built into it, was... Read more
    Published on: 2019-08-30
  • Episode 1: The Fight for a True Democracy
    America was founded on the ideal of democracy. Black people fought to make it one.“1619” is a New York Times audio series hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones. You can find more... Read more
    Published on: 2019-08-23
  • Introducing ‘1619’
    In August of 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. America was not yet America, but this was the moment it began.... Read more
    Published on: 2019-08-17

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