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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrift View Post
    I skimmed through a few essays. It's HEAVILY anachronistic. Absolutely brimming with "correlation proves causation" fallacy. And makes a number of unprovable or debatable assertions. Most of the essays I skimmed were essentially racist and unfounded diatribes against white Americans. What's unfortunate is that it does touch on some fascinating history that Americans should be aware of and sensitive to, but it's absolutely spoiled by its presentation. Material like this will result in zero net positive effect on the American public. Its only purpose is to create further division along racial lines.
    I've seen several commentators observe that it's unintentionally a Trump Reelection Strategy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    I've seen several commentators observe that it's unintentionally a Trump Reelection Strategy.
    The general premise seems to be "The US has been racist since its inception, and it's Trump's fault."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrift View Post
    I skimmed through a few essays. It's HEAVILY anachronistic. Absolutely brimming with "correlation proves causation" fallacy. And makes a number of unprovable or debatable assertions. Most of the essays I skimmed were essentially racist and unfounded diatribes against white Americans. What's unfortunate is that it does touch on some fascinating history that Americans should be aware of and sensitive to, but it's absolutely spoiled by its presentation. Material like this will result in zero net positive effect on the American public. Its only purpose is to create further division along racial lines.
    Sooo... pretty much what we've come to expect from the paper that hired an unapologetic racist for an editor last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrift View Post
    I skimmed through a few essays. It's HEAVILY anachronistic. Absolutely brimming with "correlation proves causation" fallacy. And makes a number of unprovable or debatable assertions. Most of the essays I skimmed were essentially racist and unfounded diatribes against white Americans. What's unfortunate is that it does touch on some fascinating history that Americans should be aware of and sensitive to, but it's absolutely spoiled by its presentation. Material like this will result in zero net positive effect on the American public. Its only purpose is to create further division along racial lines.
    I'm skeptical that a person can discern the sole purpose of a project by skimming a few of its essays, myself.

    What, exactly, is anachronistic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingsGambit View Post
    I need to read up on this. Katelyn Beaty (recent editor of Christianity Today) has been glowing about it.
    The opening essay, I'd say, is one of the most powerful and positive pieces of the past year, if not the past five.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam View Post
    The opening essay, I'd say, is one of the most powerful and positive pieces of the past year, if not the past five.
    Can you please give a summary of why you say that? Examples, perhaps?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    Can you please give a summary of why you say that? Examples, perhaps?
    I'm disappointed in how few people actually read anything at all from the project before deciding what it was so I'll just encourage people to read the articles and give one broad example of the first essay, which is the only one I've read deliberately and slowly so far.

    Contrary to the general perception of the 1619 Project expressed here, the opening essay (by Nikole Hannah-Jones, the driving force behind the project) does not seek to destroy American democracy or reduce America's greatness or anything like that. Hannah-Jones begins with an account of her veteran father proudly flying the American flag and her bewilderment that black Americans -- who had built the very foundation and power of the country while slaves and still, as freemen, saw themselves forced outside of its protections and privileges -- could have such patriotism. Her essay is about finding that patriotism and finding it in the work and suffering of black Americans throughout the nation's long history (yes, longer than the 1776 date suggests). And, in finding that patriotism expressed by her father, grandmother and countless other black Americans who loved their country even as it was enslaving or persecuting them, Hannah-Jones writes that black Americans made American democracy true and no longer universal claims on paper that were selectively applied to white men.

    It's an essay about the perfection of American democracy, not its destruction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam View Post
    I'm disappointed in how few people actually read anything at all from the project before deciding what it was so I'll just encourage people to read the articles and give one broad example of the first essay, which is the only one I've read deliberately and slowly so far.

    Contrary to the general perception of the 1619 Project expressed here, the opening essay (by Nikole Hannah-Jones, the driving force behind the project) does not seek to destroy American democracy or reduce America's greatness or anything like that. Hannah-Jones begins with an account of her veteran father proudly flying the American flag and her bewilderment that black Americans -- who had built the very foundation and power of the country while slaves and still, as freemen, saw themselves forced outside of its protections and privileges -- could have such patriotism. Her essay is about finding that patriotism and finding it in the work and suffering of black Americans throughout the nation's long history (yes, longer than the 1776 date suggests). And, in finding that patriotism expressed by her father, grandmother and countless other black Americans who loved their country even as it was enslaving or persecuting them, Hannah-Jones writes that black Americans made American democracy true and no longer universal claims on paper that were selectively applied to white men.

    It's an essay about the perfection of American democracy, not its destruction.

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    Thanks, Sam -- in a meeting for the next couple hours, then I'll give this a better read.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam View Post
    The opening essay, I'd say, is one of the most powerful and positive pieces of the past year, if not the past five.
    Uh, how exactly, is her Dad in the 30's-40's seeing numerous lynchings? Most lynching had ended in the 1920's and while there were isolated incidents, they were not the rule. Even more impressive since she states her father was 17 in 1962 - giving him a probable birth year of 1945.



    The black migration north occurred in the 20's so her Mom wasn't part of that. What migration is she talking about? By the '40's black migration was to the South - both migrations spurred by economics - they were following work.



    Northern segregation isn't as well documented and I only know it was probably more severe than Southern segregation, but not usually codified as in the South.



    Integration of the Armed Forces began in 1948 and was complete by 1954. Now, her Dad could have gotten a raw deal - or he could have simply blamed his own shortcomings on his superiors (happens) - but this is anecdotal evidence, even assuming the former, as I'd be inclined to do, if it weren't for the 'murky circumstances' of his discharge. By '62 there shouldn't have been a lot of shenanigans with discharges - over 17000 blacks had served as Marines in the Korean War. Could be he was unlucky enough to get a bad superior - could be him. No way to know. Anecdotal.



    Iowa must have had the weirdest school system in the country. Her Dad was 17 in 1962 - so she was probably born in the 1960's, probably a few years younger than me. She got all that from osmosis in a Northern school at a time when black kids were being integrated into Southern schools and didn't seem to get the same message - at least not from my contemporaries I've talked to. Anecdotal both ways, of course.



    Er, slaves weren't used to build railroads in most of the South - cotton was grown predominately in the Black Belt which is a relatively small area. I'm sure some slaves were rented out during slow times of the year but most of the labor would have been poor whites from closer by, excepting those tracks in tobacco country, of course.



    Blacks contributed immensely - but it's in tobacco and cotton more than anything else. And slaves were used almost exclusively in agriculture. There were slaves taught trades and even rented out as tradesmen - but that was the exception, not the rule.



    'Perfecters of democracy'? Oh please...



    Actually, many of the Founding Fathers DID believe that liberty applied to all men. And that included Washington and Jefferson - what she fails to realize is that there were laws that prevented manumission. That being the reason Washington freed his slaves at his death - that was what the law allowed.



    Women were fighting for suffrage before the Civil War - that would be an anachronism. Heck, there were suffrage movements after the Revolutionary War.



    Source: Wiki

    Crispus Attucks (c.1723 – March 5, 1770) was an American stevedore of African and Native American descent, widely regarded as the first person killed in the Boston Massacre and thus the first American killed in the American Revolution. Historians disagree on whether he was a free man or an escaped slave, but most agree that he was of Wampanoag and African descent.[2]
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    Mixed race longshoreman - that argues against being a slave but there is evidence he may have been born into slavery. First line in Wikipedia - I notice her source isn't cited. Also, historians can't decide if he was even of African descent. She states as fact what is at best supposition. It's not even an unreasonable supposition - but it is not an established fact. He clearly was not a slave at the time of his death.



    1619 is a footnote in American history - it's not even the most significant date regarding slavery of Africans and it's not the introduction of slavery to either Europeans or Native Americans. Nor the first time Europeans held slaves in the Americas - Native Americans ended up with that dubious honor. Heck, it's not even the beginning of African slavery. The Arabs get that dubious distinction and African slaves had already been introduced to Europe.

    What happened in 1776 is far more significant than an isolated incident in 1619 - 127 years after the first Europeans enslaved anyone on the American Continent. Untold thousands of years before the introduction of slavery in the America's - the 'institution' was already practiced by Native Americans when Europeans arrived.



    And again, manumission laws were a thing - evidently she doesn't know that.
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    Regulation of manumission began in 1692, when Virginia established that to manumit a slave, a person must pay the cost for them to be transported out of the colony. A 1723 law stated that slaves may not "be set free upon any pretence whatsoever, except for some meritorious services to be adjudged and allowed by the governor and council."[34] In some cases, a master who was drafted into the army would send a slave instead, with a promise of freedom if he survived the war.[35] The new government of Virginia repealed the laws in 1782 and declared freedom for slaves who had fought for the colonies during the American Revolutionary War. The 1782 laws also permitted masters to free their slaves on their own accord; previously, a manumission had required obtaining consent from the state legislature, which was arduous and rarely granted.[36]However, as population of free Negroes increased, the state passed laws forbidding them from moving into the state (1778)[37] and requiring newly-freed slaves to leave within one year unless they had special permission (1806).[38]

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    Slaves WERE recognized as human beings - even as 'persons' (see the Attucks article cited above). And yes, they were also property and chattel slavery was inherited.


    While it is true that laws were not enforced as they should have been, it's false that an owner could murder a slave legally. One of New Orleans most notorious serial killers was charged on the basis of slaves she had tortured and killed. And they couldn't legally rape, either - although that usually did go without prosecution both due to the lack of will to enforce and the incredible difficulty in prosecuting the cases.

    England didn't end slavery until 1833 - so Samuel Johnson was being rather selective in his criticism. Not surprising, being a Tory.

    There were abolitionists in the US before the Revolution - during and after as well. The chances of England declaring an end to slavery or the slave trade at that time were nil - and the American's knew it. This is nonsense. There's a reason England doesn't end slavery until 1833.



    I'm not critiquing the rest of this thing - I got tired of reading it half way through. Overstated and under researched - not impressive at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam View Post
    I'm disappointed in how few people actually read anything at all from the project before deciding what it was so I'll just encourage people to read the articles and give one broad example of the first essay, which is the only one I've read deliberately and slowly so far.

    Contrary to the general perception of the 1619 Project expressed here, the opening essay (by Nikole Hannah-Jones, the driving force behind the project) does not seek to destroy American democracy or reduce America's greatness or anything like that. Hannah-Jones begins with an account of her veteran father proudly flying the American flag and her bewilderment that black Americans -- who had built the very foundation and power of the country while slaves and still, as freemen, saw themselves forced outside of its protections and privileges -- could have such patriotism. Her essay is about finding that patriotism and finding it in the work and suffering of black Americans throughout the nation's long history (yes, longer than the 1776 date suggests). And, in finding that patriotism expressed by her father, grandmother and countless other black Americans who loved their country even as it was enslaving or persecuting them, Hannah-Jones writes that black Americans made American democracy true and no longer universal claims on paper that were selectively applied to white men.

    It's an essay about the perfection of American democracy, not its destruction.

    --Sam
    I read the article, it recounts our sins, and it paints our country in a very negative light. And except for the personal stories like that of her father, there wasn't much that wasn't common knowledge. So what is the end game here? The New York times has a goal here, fits right in with this:

    New York Times chief outlines coverage shift: From Trump-Russia to Trump racism

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/o...o-trump-racism
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