Magazine January 24, 2022, Issue

American Slavery in the Global Context

Slaves carrying offerings to Osiris, 18th Egyptian dynasty (Art Media/Print Collector/Getty Images)
An ancient evil abolished

No topic in American history is more enduringly controversial than slavery. It sits at the heart of every indictment of America and our founding principles. It is central to battles over critical race theory, the removal of monuments, and the renaming of places and institutions. It is invoked in debates over policing and welfare.

For the New York Times’ 1619 Project, slavery is foundational to American identity. Its beginning is our “true founding.” We should “reframe our understanding of U.S. history by considering 1619 as our country’s origin point.” Slavery is “the seed of so much of what has made us

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