By now it seems everyone has an opinion about The 1619 Project. Published in 2019, The 1619 Project was a special edition of The New York Times’ Magazine that tried to focus readers’ attention upon the centrality of race slavery in American history. Bell pushes past the headlines and the posturing and tests three of The 1619 Project’s central claims against the evidence in the historical record.

Richard Bell is a professor of history at the University of Maryland. He is the author of the new book Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home. He is the recipient of more than a dozen teaching awards and the National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Award. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.