12/13/2019

The New History of Capitalism Has a “Whiteness” Problem

"The New York Times1619 Project is currently undergoing a new wave of scrutiny, spurred on – curiously enough – by the political left. Over the course of the last month, an obscure socialist website landed interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winning historians James McPherson and Gordon Wood, as well as noted Civil War historian James Oakes, to solicit their opinions on the Times’ series. The trio of historians pulled no punches while subjecting the project to scrutiny. Wood chastised its general thrust for diminishing the antislavery elements of the American Revolution, while Oakes and McPherson took issue with its reinterpretation of American capitalism as an outgrowth of plantation slavery."