The leading authority on Colonial American and the American Revolution was not consulted by the writers of the New York Times expose` the 1619 Project.

The lead writer in the project makes the outlandish claim that the American Revolution was fought to perpetuate slavery in the America. The writer then disregarded critics as “biased white historians.”

In an interview with World Socialist Website, Wood expressed his disappointment at unnecessary revisionism:

“Well, I was surprised when I opened my Sunday New York Times in August and found the magazine containing the project. I had no warning about this. I read the first essay by Nikole Hannah-Jones, which alleges that the Revolution occurred primarily because of the Americans’ desire to save their slaves. She claims the British were on the warpath against the slave trade and slavery and that rebellion was the only hope for American slavery. This made the American Revolution out to be like the Civil War, where the South seceded to save and protect slavery, and that the Americans 70 years earlier revolted to protect their institution of slavery. I just couldn’t believe this.

I was surprised, as many other people were, by the scope of this thing, especially since it’s going to become the basis for high school education and has the authority of the New York Times behind it, and yet it is so wrong in so many ways.The idea that the Revolution occurred as a means of protecting slavery—I just don’t think there is much evidence for it, and in fact the contrary is more true to what happened. The Revolution unleashed antislavery sentiments that led to the first abolition movements in the history of the world.” **

***By Tom Mackaman
28 November 2019
Gordon Wood, Brown University professor of History.

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