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In August of 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. America was not yet America, but this was the moment it began. No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the 250 years of slavery that followed. On the 400th anniversary of this fateful moment, it is time to tell the story.

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In August of 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. America was not yet America, but this was the moment it began. No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the 250 years of slavery that followed. On the 400th anniversary of this fateful moment, it is time to tell the story.

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4.9 out of 5
318 Ratings

318 Ratings

Heffelfa ,

Heartbreaking

Wonderful use of sound. Riveting storytelling. Thank you.

Rosie Hempel ,

Compelling, heartbreaking, and provocative

Nikole Hannah-Jones is the compelling, empathetic, and plainspoken creator and hostess of 1619, a new audio series originating from the 1619 Project by the New York Times. It tastefully explores and honours the civil and cultural contributions that African-Americans have made to the United States over the past four hundred years since the first enslaved people arrived on the shores of modern-day Virginia. With support from historians and the Smithsonian Institute, the project and podcast were released to coincide with this anniversary.

Heartbreaking, revealing, and at times provocative, 1619 is a five-star podcast offering brilliant insight into critically overlooked aspects of American history. The episodes are well-balanced in conversation and research and in facts and personal accounts. This podcast is recommended to all listeners.

Toronto Sara ,

Amazing

Can’t get enough of this...such impactful storytelling. Thank you and keep it coming!

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