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#266: How The 1619 Project Took Over 2020

Happy Thursday! Thank you, loyal readers new and old, for opening today’s issue of the Highlighter. O
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#266: How The 1619 Project Took Over 2020
By Mark Isero • Issue #274 • View online
Happy Thursday! Thank you, loyal readers new and old, for opening today’s issue of the Highlighter. One tidbit about this newsletter is that each week starts fresh, which means I typically don’t save articles for future issues. If a piece doesn’t make the cut, that’s too bad. In general, I like this approach, because there’s an immediacy to the process, but the downside is that some weeks teem with outstanding articles, while other weeks leave me scrounging for days for pieces worthy of your time.
That’s all to say that I’m happy to report that high-quality writing was in abundance this week. I’m confident that you’ll appreciate all four pieces. Today’s lead article offers a measured account of The 1619 Project, its contributions to our culture, and the outcry that followed its publication last August. If historiography isn’t your thing, take in an inspiring profile of Angela Davis and a stimulating interview of Isabel Wilkerson. Both pieces will help center you. If they don’t, you can always resort to making yourself an elaborate paper planner, which promises to allay your anxiety. Please enjoy!

How The 1619 Project Took Over 2020
The Greats: Angela Davis Still Believes America Can Change
Loyal reader Salem begins every morning right: with her journal and Highlighter mug, in which she prepares a cleansing beverage consisting of hot lemon water, turmeric, and cayenne. This could be you, too! highlighter.cc/store
Loyal reader Salem begins every morning right: with her journal and Highlighter mug, in which she prepares a cleansing beverage consisting of hot lemon water, turmeric, and cayenne. This could be you, too! highlighter.cc/store
The Caste System In America: Isabel Wilkerson On Armchair Expert
In A World Gone Mad, Paper Planners Offer Order And Delight
+ Reader Annotations: Last week’s crowdsourced Padlet, “An Anonymous Teacher Speaks,” in which teachers complained of “toxic positivity,” struck a chord. A teacher who wished to remain anonymous wrote:
I want to get lost in the negativity. I don’t like that about myself. My coach and one of the school leaders love to say we can do hard things — and if anyone can do this, it’s us. What if we can’t? Or what if we are trying but it’s bad?
Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts. Loyal readers, if one of today’s articles resonated with you, please hit reply and tell me what you think. That’s what makes this reading community a strong one. Plus I’d appreciate it!
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