The New War: 1619 vs. 1776

This article was published on Merion West on July 4th, 2020.

Liberty and equality, or tyranny and oppression? One of the United States’ most ancient debates recently had a vicious comeback. This time it was thanks to TheNew York Times Magazine’s initiative “The 1619 Project.” The project’s thesis, which has been amplified considerably in the wake of George Floyd’s death, is that the United States was not founded on noble principles and, instead, should be viewed in the context of its initial practice of slavery. Amid the current unrest, some writers are even beginning to call the current happenings “the New Civil War,” where the two sides roughly correspond to the Party of 1619 and the Party of 1776. The Declaration of Independence famously states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” However, many on the Left have—for decades, now—refused to identify this as the founding spirit of the United States. Instead, they say…

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by: Mark Granza

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