Why 1620 — Not 1619 — Is A Better Representation Of The American Way

Why 1620 — Not 1619 — Is A Better Representation Of The American Way


The following essay is part of The Federalist’s 1620 Project, a symposium exploring the connections and contributions of the early Pilgrim and Puritan settlers in New England to the uniquely American synthesis of faith, family, freedom, and self-government.

After decades of left-wing academics attacking America, the left finally decided the time had come to simply replace the American story with a new anti-American story. The centerpiece of this new anti-American frenzy is The New York Times’s 1619 Project.

If the 1619 Project had been an argument that slavery, and then segregation, played the defining part of the African-American experience — and an important if often indirect part of the experiences of all Americans — it would be a worthy addition to our nation’s conversation and historical record.

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It is fair and accurate to suggest that every American should better understand the effects of slavery and segregation. Furthermore, every American should understand the degree to which his fellow citizens who are

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