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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.
“1619” is a New York Times audio series hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones. You can find more information about it at nytimes.com/1619podcast.

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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.
“1619” is a New York Times audio series hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones. You can find more information about it at nytimes.com/1619podcast.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
139 Ratings

139 Ratings

Kelila Hale ,

Fascinating, honest, and strikingly relevant to the USA of today.

1619 is an astonishing blend of top-rate journalism, history, and human experience that manages to bring black history to life and illuminate how that history is also a fundamental part of how America came to exist in many expected -- and absolutely unexpected -- ways that are often overlooked.

It manages to impart a lot of knowledge while remaining engaging and enjoyable, and the high quality soundtrack and editing create an atmosphere almost akin to an audiobook, interweaving the big picture of politics and historical events with the smaller picture that peels back the lid on the lives of the people who lived through those events, creating a way to immerse the listener in the story.

I've found myself thoroughly engaged with the topic of each episode, even when I had no interest in the subject more generally. Since each episode is on a different topic, 1619 has used the power of human experience to tie the series together, and ensure it remains relevant and accessible.

The podcast is focused on delving deep into Black American history, and does so with academic excellence, honesty, pain, and above all a lot of heart. But under no circumstances should 1619 be overlooked by non-black listeners or labeled as 'special interest' --

This IS the history of America, the parts many of us didn't learn in school, and I was stuck by how searingly relevant much of what I learned from these 'missing pieces' was to understanding the modern political landscape, cultural development, and society we live in today.

Yinksbaby ,

A heartbreaking History lesson

While I think this podcast is brilliant, episode 3 has been the best by far. Wesley Morris is knowledgeable and passionate about his subject and delivers in such a way that the listener gets it. Thoroughly informative and enjoyable. Wesley is what I love about “Still Processing”.

Guber1 ,

Loved it...

Episode 3 is a masterpiece.

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