1619 Project Books

By Candice Chaplin | August 16 2021 | Best in CategoryDiversityFictionNonfictionPromo Opportunity

The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story will be published by One World Books on 11/16/19, offering a profoundly revealing vision of the American past and present and a dramatic expansion of a groundbreaking work of journalism.

In late August 1619, a ship arrived in the British colony of Virginia bearing a cargo of twenty to thirty enslaved people from Africa. Their arrival led to the barbaric and unprecedented system of American chattel slavery that would last for the next 250 years. This is sometimes referred to as the country’s original sin, but it is more than that: It is the source of so much that still defines the United States.

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. The book substantially expands on that work, weaving together eighteen essays that explore the legacy of slavery in present-day America with thirty-six poems and works of fiction that illuminate key moments of oppression, struggle, and resistance. The essays show how the inheritance of 1619 reaches into every part of contemporary American society, from politics, music, diet, traffic, and citizenship to capitalism, religion, and our democracy itself.

This collection features essential fiction and nonfiction titles that focus on the work towards continued liberation, center African Americans in the story of American democracy, and examine the flawed power structure that has shaped our country since its founding day. To see the list

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How to Be an Antiracist
978-0-525-50928-8
From the National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a bracingly original approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society--and in ourselves.
$27.00 US
Aug 13, 2019
Hardcover
One World
US, Canada, Open Mkt

Just Mercy
A Story of Justice and Redemption
978-0-8129-8496-5
New York Times bestseller. From one of the country's most visionary legal thinkers, social justice advocates, and MacArthur "genius," this is an intimate and unforgettable narrative journey into the broken American criminal justice system.
$17.00 US
Aug 18, 2015
Paperback
One World
US, Canada, Open Mkt

Beloved
978-1-4000-3341-6
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the acclaimed Nobel Prize winner: an unflinchingly look into the abyss of slavery. This spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe’s new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement.
$16.00 US
Jun 08, 2004
Paperback
Vintage
US, Canada, Open Mkt

Homegoing
978-1-101-97106-2
A stunning debut novel that signals the beginning of a major career: a story of race, ancestry, and love that traces for seven generations the descendants of two sisters torn apart in eighteenth-century Ghana.
$16.95 US
May 02, 2017
Paperback
Vintage
US, Opn Mkt (no CAN)

The Fire Next Time
978-0-679-74472-6
A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation, gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement—and still lights the way to understanding race in America today.  "Basically the finest essay I’ve ever read. . . . Baldwin refused to hold anyone’s hand. He was both direct and beautiful all at once. He did not seem to write to convince you. He wrote beyond you.” —Ta-Nehisi Coates At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin's early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document from the iconic author of If Beale Street Could Talk and Go Tell It on the Mountain. It consists of two "letters," written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism. Described by The New York Times Book Review as "sermon, ultimatum, confession, deposition, testament, and chronicle...all presented in searing, brilliant prose," The Fire Next Time stands as a classic of literature.
$13.95 US
Dec 01, 1992
Paperback
Vintage
US, Canada, Open Mkt