Four hundred years ago, on August 20, 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in Jamestown. Though America did not even exist yet, their arrival marked its foundation, the beginning of the system of slavery on which the country was built.
There will be a lot of new resources coming online over the next two weeks, and I’ll be adding the best additions to this list.
You might also be interested in my “Best” lists related to race and racism, particularly A Beginning List Of The Best Resources For Teaching About Reparations.
Here is what I have so far:
US slavery: How is America marking the 400th anniversary? is from The BBC.
A History of Slavery in the United States is from National Geographic.
1619: 400 years ago, a ship arrived in Virginia, bearing human cargo is from USA Today.
Ghana marks 400 years since American slave trade is from Al Jazeera.
Artifacts of the slave trade is from Reuters.
A terrible passage from Africa is from Reuters.
2019 marks 400 years since the 1st recorded arrival of African slaves to the U.S.
We explored the dark history of Ghana’s coast castles, where Africans were held before being shipped off to a life of slavery pic.twitter.com/kLXqtXzy6F
— Bloomberg TicToc (@tictoc) August 7, 2019
The 1619 Project from The NY Times is edited by Nikole Hannah-Jones, and is an amazing interactive:
The 1619 Project is a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.