Woody Holton, a professor of historical past on the College of South Carolina, and Phillip Magness, director of analysis and schooling on the American Institute for Financial Analysis, debate the decision, “The New York Instances ebook The 1619 Undertaking, and the Hulu video collection primarily based on it, are necessary contributions to our understanding of slavery and the position of African Individuals in American historical past.”
The controversy was held at New York Metropolis’s Sheen Heart and hosted by The Soho Forum, which receives fiscal sponsorship from Motive Basis, the nonprofit that publishes Motive.
Taking the affirmative was Holton, who’s the writer of Forced Founders: Indians, Debtors, Slaves, and the Making of the American Revolution in Virginia, which received the Group of American Historians’ Merle Curti Social Historical past Award; Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution, a finalist for the Nationwide Ebook Award; Abigail Adams, which received the Bancroft Prize; and Liberty Is Sweet: The Hidden History of the American Revolution, which Holton wrote as The Huntington Library’s Los Angeles Instances distinguished fellow and as a Nationwide Endowment for the Humanities fellow.
Arguing towards the decision was Magness, the writer of The 1619 Project: A Critique. He holds a Ph.D. and grasp’s from George Mason College’s College of Public Coverage and a bachelor’s from the College of St. Thomas (Houston). Magness’ work encompasses the financial historical past of america, with specializations within the financial dimensions of slavery and racial discrimination, the historical past of taxation, and measurements of financial inequality over time. Along with his scholarship, Magness’ writings have appeared in quite a few venues, together with The Wall Road Journal, The New York Instances, Newsweek, Politico, Reason, Nationwide Evaluate, and The Chronicle of Larger Training.