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The Real Founding
Cassandra Newby-Alexander (Norfolk State University)
400 years ago, in 1619, the first Africans arrived in English-speaking North America. Cassandra Newby-Alexander explores how we should commemorate that history– and what’s at stake when we ignore it.
Profiting from Immorality
Richard Chew (Virginia State University)
Slavery was a moral ill. It was also a complex transnational economy, in which European heads of state, planters, and businesspeople pursued the institution as a form of security and profit. Richard Chew explains how capital expansion– and a British king’s fear of being beheaded– impacted the growth of slavery in the US colonies.
Making Stories of Slavery
Stephen Hanna (University of Mary Washington)
Plantations in America’s South are physical testaments to the great wealth accrued through slave labor. Stephen Hanna says plantation museums often gloss over that economic history in favor of more romanticized depictions of plantation life.
Teaching Slavery and Emancipation
Gabriel Reich (Virginia Commonwealth University)
There’s little historical evidence that African Americans supported the Confederate cause by becoming soldiers. Yet this myth of the “black Confederate” remains in circulation. Gabriel Reich studies the way collective memories of the Civil War are shaped and offers ways school curricula could address these problematic narratives.
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THANKS MUCH for this 1619 Show! You revealed a “Discovery of the New World” to my imagination in an unprecedented way — and provided some new and profound insights into what William Shakespeare was presenting, a few years earlier, for his contemporaries in his play, The Tempest. Your own GOOD WORKS engender awesome consequences! Again, MANY THANKS! Have you discontinued the free CDs?
Hi Ralph! Thanks so much for the comment– we’re so glad you enjoyed the show! We have not discontinued free CDs, and we’d be happy to send you one! Feel free to email us at email@example.com to request a copy of this week’s show.