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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.

    Episode 5: The Land of Our Fathers, Part 2

    Episode 5: The Land of Our Fathers, Part 2

    The Provosts, a family of sugar-cane farmers in Louisiana, had worked the same land for generations. When it became harder and harder to keep hold of that land, June Provost and his wife, Angie, didn’t know why — and then a phone call changed their understanding of everything. In the finale of “1619,” we hear the rest of June and Angie’s story, and its echoes in a past case that led to the largest civil rights settlement in American history.

    On today’s episode: June and Angie Provost; Adizah Eghan and Annie Brown, producers for “1619”; and Khalil Gibran Muhammad, a professor of history, race and public policy at Harvard University and the author of “The Condemnation of Blackness.”

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

    • 36 min
    Episode 5: The Land of Our Fathers, Part 1

    Episode 5: The Land of Our Fathers, Part 1

    More than a century and a half after the promise of 40 acres and a mule, the story of black land ownership in America remains one of loss and dispossession. June and Angie Provost, who trace their family line to the enslaved workers on Louisiana’s sugar-cane plantations, know this story well. 

    On today’s episode: The Provosts spoke with Adizah Eghan and Annie Brown, producers for “1619.”

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

    • 29 min
    Episode 4: How the Bad Blood Started

    Episode 4: How the Bad Blood Started

    Black Americans were denied access to doctors and hospitals for decades. From the shadows of this exclusion, they pushed to create the nation’s first federal health care programs. On today’s episode: Jeneen Interlandi, a member of The New York Times’s editorial board and a writer for The Times Magazine, and Yaa Gyasi, the author of “Homegoing.”

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

    • 39 min
    Episode 3: The Birth of American Music

    Episode 3: The Birth of American Music

    Black music, forged in captivity, became the sound of complete artistic freedom. It also became the sound of America. On today’s episode: Wesley Morris, a critic-at-large for The New York Times.

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

    This episode contains explicit language.

    • 34 min
    Episode 2: The Economy That Slavery Built

    Episode 2: The Economy That Slavery Built

    The institution of slavery turned a poor, fledgling nation into a financial powerhouse, and the cotton plantation was America’s first big business. Behind the system, and built into it, was the whip. On today’s episode: Matthew Desmond, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and the author of “Evicted,” and Jesmyn Ward, the author of “Sing, Unburied, Sing.”

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

    This episode includes scenes of graphic violence.

    • 31 min
    Episode 1: The Fight for a True Democracy

    Episode 1: The Fight for a True Democracy

    America was founded on the ideal of democracy. Black people fought to make it one.

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

    This episode includes scenes of graphic violence.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
28.9K Ratings

28.9K Ratings

Jhansikirani ,

Very informative

I absolutely enjoyed everything about this podcast. I came as an unbiased listener because I wasn’t on either side of certain historical events in US but I recognize that our country needs to acknowledge our history and to make sure that we are taking firm actions to write the wrongs.

Artbellfan1 ,

Presentism

Five historians wrote to NYT to ask the creators of its 1619 Project to issue corrections, including for Hannah-Jones's assertions on the American Revolution and on Lincoln. Historian Leslie M. Harris, who was consulted for the Project, wrote in Politico that she had warned that the idea that the American Revolution was fought to protect slavery was inaccurate, and that the Times made avoidable mistakes.

Cmacchatt ,

An approachable intro to racism in the US

When someone is open to learning more about racism in the US, I encourage them to start here. The intro and these 6 episodes lay a foundation that doesn’t presume previous knowledge. It’s sobering, educational, and starts at the beginning. August 20, 1619.

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