The 1619 Curriculum


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Supporters of the 1619 Project claim Blacks should be placed at the center of the story about America because their contributions to America were so massive. The authors believe blacks are responsible for America’s “economic might, its industrial power, its electoral system, diet, popular music, its legal system.” These authors believe “That black Americans, as much as those men cast in alabaster in the nation’s capital, are this nation’s true ‘‘founding fathers.’’

The authors of the 1619 curriculum are in COMPLETE DELUSION.

The only thing on that list blacks can take partial credit for is popular music.


The US economy was NOT built on the backs of blacks, whether slave or free. Nationally, blacks were 18.1% of the population in 1830 and 12.7% in 1870 - about the same as today. Obviously, if blacks are around 13% of the population they are only going to contribute 13% to the economy.(1)

About 30% of whites owned slaves in the South prior to the Civil War. This means 70% of whites in the South did the manual labor on the farm.

Most blacks lived in the south prior to the Civil War and for decades after the War. The South was primarily agricultural. In 1860, the South had only one-ninth the industrial capacity of the Union. The North manufactured 97% of the country's firearms, 96 % of its railroad locomotives and 93 percent of its pig iron.                                                         

The industrial North was primarily white. So white workers were overwhelmingly responsible for the industrial and economic growth of the U.S. following the Civil War.(1) 


Slavery really wasn’t ‘free’ labor. Although slaves obviously didn’t receive wages, the cost of maintaining a slave was considerable. Food, housing and medical care was all provided for. An analysis shows that because of cradle-to-grave support for slaves, “slave owners expropriated far less than generally presumed, and over the course of a lifetime a slave field hand received approximately ninety percent of the income they produced.”(2)

Slavery was minimal in the North by 1830.

2. Time on the Cross: The Economics of American Negro Slavery (1974) by Robert Fogel and Stanley Engerman. p 5,6
May 2022