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Debate over the Birth Date of the United States

Nikole Hannah Jones is a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist whose reporting is focused on America’s racial divide and racial injustice.

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July 4, 1776 is accepted as the date the United States was born. But, some argue August 1619 is more accurate. That’s when the first enslaved Africans arrived in what would one day be known as the USA. Nikole Hannah Jones is a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist whose reporting is focused on America’s racial divide and racial injustice. She talks about what inspired her work on the New York Times’ 1619 Project and why it matters.

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