Why the Narrative Goals of the 1619 Project Matter

Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. (Molly Riley/Reuters)
They seek to support a radical, anti-American view of history.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I ’ve previously covered the factual problems with the New York Times’ 1619 Project’s Pulitzer Prize–winning lead essay. The factual inaccuracies are important, but so is the narrative project that required them. Let’s answer two questions: What narratives are at stake in the 1619 Project, and why do conservatives care so much about the whole thing? The two are intimately connected questions.

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