The New York Times’ 1619 Project magazine issue, which reframes American history in light of how it was and continues to be shaped by slavery, has turned out to be one of the must-read, must-discuss works of the summer; nearly two weeks after its publication, it’s still inspiring both rhapsodic praise and conservative backlash.
It’s also becoming a must-have physical item (display it on your coffee table! Just make sure you don’t spill coffee on it), kind of like how that New Yorker tote bag did two years ago. Copies of the August 18 issue are being offered for more than $100 on eBay. (The New York Times’ Nikole Hannah-Jones, the force behind the project, cautioned people to chill.)
On Thursday, between 10 AM and 2 PM or until supplies run out, the Times is handing out 2,000 free copies of the 1619 Project at its headquarters (40th St. and 8th Avenue) and…people are here for this.