Mary Grabar, Resident Fellow, The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI), has joined the mushrooming debate about The 1619 Project, an attempt by the New York Times and Nikole Hannah-Jones, one of the newspaper’s most controversial and race-obsessed journalists, to transform this country’s understanding of its own history. In September, Regnery, a leading publisher of “books that get people talking about the issues and questions we face as a country,” will publish Dr. Grabar’s Debunking the 1619 Project: Exposing the Plan to Divide America.
This book follows the publication by Regnery in 2019 of Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation against America, an exposé that reached best-seller status on Amazon. In “Historians Selling Out for Leftist Star, Nikole Hannah-Jones,” Grabar’s most recent publication for the online political journal American Greatness, she presages her forthcoming book with a discussion of the often tortuous twists and turns of professional historians of a left-wing bent who know that The 1619 Project contains egregious errors of fact and argument yet allow their political partisanship to trump their professionalism in addressing the matter.
“Being able to distinguish between history and polemic,” Dr. Grabar stresses, “is the least we should be able to expect from historians discussing the 1619 Project.” Alas, many of the sharpest critiques of the project have come from scholars outside the discipline of history.