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Common Read 2020: The 1619 Project

Selected readings from The 1619 Project

The 1619 Project wordmark

The 1619 Project, led by New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, is a re-examination of the legacy of slavery in America. In August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia, the newspaper launched the project with a special issue of the New York Times Magazine. Selected essays and literary works from that special issue are this year's common read. 

The links below are to accessible online versions of the articles available to Mount Holyoke users. If you are off campus, you will be prompted for your MHC username and password. These links, PDF versions of the essays, and additional PDFs of the selected literary works are also available in a self enrolling Moodle course site. To access the site visit 2020 Common Read: The 1619 Project, click on Continue, select Mount Holyoke as your organization, and login using your MHC username and password.

Not a current Mount Holyoke College student, faculty, or staff member? You can find a free PDF of the August 18, 2019 New York Times Magazine issue on the Pulitzer Center website. Note that this free PDF may not be fully accessible.

Nikole Hannah-Jones on the 1619 Project

Nikole Hannah-Jones - Reframing the legacy of slavery with the 1619 Project. Extended interview from The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, 2/5/2020.  Click on video to start, mouse over bottom of video to display control bar and click CC to turn on captions.

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