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Today, the New York Times is launching the , a collection of essays, criticism and art about how the America we know today didn’t start in 1776 — it started in August 1619, when a ship carrying enslaved Africans landed in Virginia
American slavery began 400 years ago this month. This is referred to as the country’s original sin, but it is more than that: It is the country’s true origin.
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More than 20 enslaved Africans were brought to Virginia 400 years ago this month. This was the moment America began, writes Nikole Hannah-Jones. "Black Americans have also been, and continue to be, foundational to the idea of American freedom."
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The U.S. economy is shaped by management practices invented under slavery, writes Matthew Desmond. "Cotton planters, millers and consumers were fashioning a new economy, one that was global in scope and required the movement of capital, labor and products"
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Why doesn't the U.S. have universal health care? The answer has everything to do with race, writes Jeneen Interlandi. "In the United States, racial health disparities have proved as foundational as democracy itself."
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American democracy holds onto an undemocratic assumption: that some people deserve more power than others, writes Jamelle Bouie. "The government Calhoun envisioned would protect 'liberty': not the liberty of the citizen but the liberty of the master."
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For centuries, black music, forged in bondage, has been the sound of complete artistic freedom. No wonder everybody is always stealing it, writes Wesley Morris. "What you're hearing in black music is a miracle of sound."
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The sugar that saturates the American diet has a barbaric history as the 'white gold' that fueled slavery, writes Khalil Gibran Muhammad. "It was the introduction of sugar slavery in the New World that changed everything."
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But it's not just democracy, American capitalism, health care and music that were shaped by America's history with slavery. Everything from traffic to the wage gap were affected by the institution as well. Read more from the 1619 Project here:
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Allison James 14 Aug 19
Sad but true. I feel that the country is actually regressing in terms of Civil Rights
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Jesse Stone 14 Aug 19
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Podcast???
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