The Truth Can Change How We See the World | The New York Times

In this ad, The New York Times highlights The 1619 Project. The project examines the legacy of slavery in America and how it has shaped nearly everything in our country, from our music, to our diet, to our legal system — even our democracy.

New York Times journalism has the power to challenge our assumptions and spur important dialogue. To learn more about The 1619 Project and other Times reporting, visit

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In August 1619, a ship appeared on this horizon, near Point Comfort, Virginia. It carried more than 20 enslaved Africans, who were sold to the colonists. No aspect of the country we know today has been untouched by the slavery that followed. America was not yet America, but this was the moment it began.

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Words from The 1619 Project: How Slavery Shaped America
The truth can change how we see the world.
The truth is worth it
The New York Times

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