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Evaluating and Reshaping Timelines in The 1619 Project: New York Times for Kids Edition

Posted on September 17, 2019

Who gets to write history, and how does that story determine what we know about the world? A new resource from The 1619 Project specially designed for young people explains what a historian does, common myths about slavery, and a new timeline of significant events in U.S. history. Find the full PDF here.

This lesson explores the role of a historian, how we construct history in education systems and popular imagination, and how we can challenge preconceived notions with the support of The 1619 Project, which reframes U.S. history by marking the year when the first enslaved Africans arrived on Virginia soil as our nation’s foundational date. You can explore the curriculum plus PDFs of the magazine and other resources here.

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