Disney’s Hulu docuseries adaptation of “The 1619 Project” is being called out for attempting to resurrect the original New York Times series’ most contentious and debunked claim — that the Revolutionary War was fought in large part to preserve slavery.
In his essay for Reason, columnist Phillip W. Magness accuses the first episode of peddling “false history” and engaging in “factual error and cinematic misdirection.”
The new docuseries reportedly features a scene with the Times‘ Nikole Hannah-Jones speaking to University of South Carolina professor Woody Holton, one of the few scholars who defended the “1619 Project’s” original assertion. In the scene, Holton again defends it, stating that “the record is absolutely clear.”
In his Reason essay, Magness argues that Jones and Holton have confused the historical timeline:
Hannah-Jones’ latest chronological mishap adds to a long list of errors that have plagued the 1619 Project. In this instance, it also speaks to a deeper underlying negligence around matters of basic fact. As a flashpoint of controversy since the 1619 Project’s inception, the claims about slavery in the American Revolution warranted careful attention. The docuseries offered Hannah-Jones yet another opportunity to clarify her case, ostensibly with the guidance of trained historians such as Holton. Instead, she pushed ahead, unaware of a timeline that any tour guide at the Governor’s Palace could have resolved for her.
Hannah-Jones’ claim about the Revolutionary War has been debunked by other scholars, most notably Leslie M. Harris, a professor of history at Northwestern University, who penned a Politico op-ed in 2020 titled “I Helped Fact-Check the 1619 Project. The Times Ignored Me.”
Harris states: “Although slavery was certainly an issue in the American Revolution, the protection of slavery was not one of the main reasons the 13 Colonies went to war.”
But the Left never lets facts get in the way of The Narrative.