1619

In August of 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the British 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.

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Podcasts

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...

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...

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...

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...