For every copy of The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story and Born on the Water preordered before November 16, Penguin Random House will donate a book, up to 2,500 copies, to projects supported by the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, historically black colleges and universities, graduate historic preservation programs, and other schools.
In late August 1619, a European slave ship arrived in the British colony of Virginia bearing a cargo of 20 to 30 enslaved Africans. Their arrival led to the barbaric and unprecedented system of American chattel slavery that would last for the next 250 years and shaped a national landscape and built environment imbued with Black history.
The New York Times Magazine’s award-winning “1619 Project” issue reframed our understanding of American history by placing slavery and its continuing legacy at the center of our national narrative. These books substantially expand on that work, weaving together essays that explore the legacy of slavery in present-day America with poems and works of fiction that illuminate key moments of oppression, struggle, and resistance.
Preorder your copies today to help us #TellTheFullStory.