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A Citizen's Guide to The 1619 Project

Monday, September 27, 2021, 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM

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Join historian Richard Bell as he discusses the 1619 Project and tests its central claims against the evidence of the historical record. Sponsored by Friends of the Library, Rockville Memorial Chapter

By now, it seems everyone has an opinion about The 1619 Project. Published in 2019, The 1619 Project was a special edition of The New York Times’ Magazine that tried to focus readers’ attention upon the centrality of race slavery in American history. In this evening program, University of Maryland historian Richard Bell will test four of The 1619 Project’s central claims against the evidence in the historical record. We will examine whether or not the preservation of slavery was a central motivation of the American Revolution. We will explore whether or not the 1787 Constitution enshrined the right to hold ‘property in man.’ We will investigate whether or not Black Americans had significant white allies in the antebellum freedom struggle. We will also study the multi-faceted character of Abraham Lincoln’s racial politics during the Civil War. While The 1619 Project has aroused controversy, this program will focus on the facts and the evidence, leaving participants well equipped to make up their own minds. Sponsored by Friends of the Library, Rockville Memorial Chapter.

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