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
Saturday 12 October 2019
: The Provosts, a family of sugar-cane farmers in Louisiana, had worked the same land for generations. When it became harder and harder to...
Episode 5: The Land of Our Fathers, Part 1
Saturday 05 October 2019
: 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...
Episode 4: How the Bad Blood Started
Saturday 14 September 2019
: Black Americans were denied access to doctors and hospitals for decades. From the shadows of this exclusion, they pushed to create the...
Episode 3: The Birth of American Music
Friday 06 September 2019
: Black music, forged in captivity, became the sound of complete artistic freedom. It also became the sound of America. On today’s episode:...
Episode 2: The Economy That Slavery Built
Saturday 31 August 2019
: The institution of slavery turned a poor, fledgling nation into a financial powerhouse, and the cotton plantation was America’s first big...
Episode 1: The Fight for a True Democracy
Friday 23 August 2019
: 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...
Saturday 17 August 2019
: In August of 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. America was not yet America,...