The 1619 Project: Born on the Water

The 1619 Project: Born on the Water Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

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Listening Length 23 minutes
Author Nikole Hannah-Jones, Renée Watson
Narrator Nikole Hannah-Jones
Audible.ca Release Date November 16 2021
Publisher Listening Library
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
ASIN B091YPGH23
Best Sellers Rank #146,597 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#150 in History for Children
#168 in Children's Books on United States Colonial & Revolutionary History
#272 in Children's Books on Multiculturalism & Tolerance

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I received this book for a 5-year-old and read it aloud. There are several pages that made me choke up with emotion and tears. Beautiful artwork accompanies this well told story. Please be ready to answer questions, and especially after tears. This is not an immigrant story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Children's Book Every White Adult Should Read
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If you’re interested in understanding history and/or CRT, then I have a challenge for you. Would you consider reading a children’s book to become a more informed citizen?

"The 1619 Project: Born on the Water" was written by Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of The 1619 Project, and Renée Watson, a New York Times best-selling author.

It’s a picture book filled from cover to cover with beautifully illustrated scenes by Black artist/activist Nikkolas Smith. His art is intended to spark conversations around social justice and inspire positive change in the world. I've included

The 1619 Project: Born on the Water is framed by a homework assignment on family origins given to a young African American girl. She tries to do the assignment but becomes stuck tracing her family history any further back than three generations. It falls to her grandmother to share the history of her family prior to that, and it’s Grandma’s story that fills the pages of the book.

Grandma starts her family’s story over 400 years ago calling to mind what life was like before slavery. Hannah-Jones and Watson write the grandmother’s words and effectively weave a vivid tapestry of culture stolen and heritage interrupted.

By keeping the focus on a specific small group strangers kidnapped near the same time and shipped to Virginia, the reader is reminded that those who were kidnapped were humans thriving in their families, living in community, and embedded in their own culture.

The authors accurately identify the kidnappers and slave owners as white people. And I realize this could cause some white people to become defensive, but it’s the truth. And it’s a truth we must face if we are ever to move beyond the racism baked into our society. We are grownups. It’s time.

I read this book to my husband this morning, and as I expected, it included information we were never taught in public school. There comes a point in our lives where we have to take responsibility for filling in the gaps of our education—especially around the history of our own country.

Being educated in public school meant we learned a white-washed history intended to instill a sense of patriotism and pride. This was accomplished not only by what they taught but—even more so—what they did NOT teach.

Even though The 1619 Project: Born on the Water is a children’s picture book, I highly recommend it as a GREAT starting point for anyone who wants to understand the basic premise of CRT; anyone who loves history; and anyone who is on their own personal DEI journey and/or reckoning with the history of slavery in the United States. It’s a book every white person should read. Full stop.

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