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Index of Terms and Historical Events

Photo illustration by Jon Key in The 1619 Project, page 78. 2019.

Photo illustration by Jon Key in The 1619 Project, page 78. 2019.

Below is a partial listing of historical events and terms referenced in the issue. While many articles refer to terms and historical events that can be understood using context clues within the stories, some terms should be previewed with students prior to reading.

1. To download a PDF of all terms included below:

2. To access page numbers, excerpts, and guiding questions for the 18 essays:

3. To access page numbers, guiding questions, and historical events (not included below) for the 17 creative texts:

Terms and Historical Events Cited in The 1619 Project Essays:

Affirmative Action

  • “Undemocratic Democracy” by Jamelle Bouie

The Affordable Care Act

  • “Undemocratic Democracy” by Jamelle Bouie
  • “A Broken Health Care System” by Jeneen Interlandi

Capitalism

  • “Fabric of Modernity” by Mehrsa Baradaran
  • “Capitalism” by Matthew Desmond
  • “The Idea of America” by Nikole Hannah-Jones
  • “Traffic” by Kevin M. Kruse
  • “Municipal Bonds” by Tiya Miles

The Civil Rights Act of 1964

  • “Undemocratic Democracy” by Jamelle Bouie
  • “The Idea of America” by Nikole Hannah-Jones
  • “A Broken Health Care System” by Jeneen Interlandi

Cotton Farming

  • “Fabric of Modernity” by Mehrsa Baradaran
  • “Undemocratic Democracy” by Jamelle Bouie
  • “Capitalism” by Matthew Desmond
  • “The Idea of America” by Nikole Hannah-Jones
  • “The Wealth Gap” by Trymaine Lee
  • “Chained Migration” by Tiya Miles
  • “Municipal Bonds” by Tiya Miles
  • “Sugar” by Khalil Gibran Muhammad
  • “Punitive Criminal Justice” by Bryan Stevenson

The Declaration of Independence

  • “The Idea of America” by Nikole Hannah-Jones

Fiat Currency

  • “Good as Gold” by Mehrsa Baradaran

The Freedmen’s Bureau

  • “A Broken Health Care System” by Jeneen Interlandi
  • “The Wealth Gap” by Trymaine Lee

The GI Bill

  • “A Broken Health Care System” by Jeneen Interlandi
  • “The Wealth Gap” by Trymaine Lee

The Great Depression

  • “Good as Gold” by Mehrsa Baradaran
  • “Capitalism” by Matthew Desmond

The Great Recession

  • “Undemocratic Democracy” by Jamelle Bouie
  • “Capitalism” by Matthew Desmond

Hurricane Katrina

  • “Sugar” by Khalil Gibran Muhammad

The Industrial Revolution

  • “Capitalism” by Matthew Desmond

Jim Crow Laws

  • “Undemocratic Democracy” by Jamelle Bouie
  • “The Idea of America” by Nikole Hannah-Jones
  • “A Broken Health Care System” by Jeneen Interlandi
  • “The Wealth Gap” by Trymaine Lee
  • “American Popular Music” by Wesley Morris
  • “Why Can’t We Teach This?” by Nikita Stewart

The Louisiana Purchase

  • “Capitalism” by Matthew Desmond

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