Dan Lyons: ‘1619 Project’ had shortcomings

Published: 2/10/2022 1:30:02 PM
Modified: 2/10/2022 1:28:20 PM

Concerning Paul Craig’s Feb. 4 letter (“Black people and American History”), I would hardly describe Nikole Hannah-Jones’ “1619 Project” as scholarly.

A number of scholars and researchers have written extensively on the project’s shortcomings. These include:

■Robert Woodson, “Red, White, and Black: Rescuing American History from Revisionists and Race Hustlers”

■Peter Wood, “1620: A Critical Response to the 1619 Project”

■Phillip Magness, “The 1619 Project: A Critique”

■Sean Wilentz, “The 1619 Project and Living in Truth”

In addition I understand the New York Times ignored its own fact checker and did not make corrections to these articles. If Ms. Hanna-Jones was interested in advancing new ideas about the history of slavery she would respond to critics with substantive counter arguments, not with ad hominem attacks.

Dan Lyons



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