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Debunking the 1619 Project with Mary Grabar

Alpha News– Jun 10, 2021

Kyle Hooten talks with Mary Grabar, author of the upcoming book “Debunking the 1619 Project: Exposing the Plan to Divide America.” Grabar was born in Slovenia, which was then a part of communist Yugoslavia, and grew up in New York.

Mary Grabar, The Influence of Howard Zinn’s Fake History | National Leadership Seminar

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Debunking the 1619 Project with Mary Grabar

Skeptic– Oct 12, 2021

The Michael Shermer Show # 217 Michael Shermer speaks with Mary Grabar about her books Debunking the 1619 Project: Exposing the Plan to Divide America and Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation Against America. According the New York Times’s “1619 Project,” America was not founded in 1776, with a declaration of freedom and independence, but in 1619 with the introduction of African slavery into the New World. According to Mary Grabar, celebrated historians have debunked this, more than two hundred years of American literature disproves it, parents know it to be false, and yet it is being promoted across America as an integral part of grade school curricula and unquestionable orthodoxy on college campuses. This is a sequel, of a kind, to Grabar’s previous book Debunking Howard Zinn, whose A People’s History of the United States sold more than 2.5 million copies, is pushed by Hollywood celebrities, defended by university professors, and assigned in high school and college classrooms to teach students that American history is nothing more than a litany of oppression, slavery, and exploitation. According to Grabar, contra Zinn: • Columbus was not a genocidal maniac, and was, in fact, a defender of Indians. • American Indians were not feminist-communist sexual revolutionaries ahead of their time. • The United States was founded to protect liberty, not white males’ ill-gotten wealth. • Americans of the “Greatest Generation” were not the equivalent of Nazi war criminals. • The Viet Cong were not well-meaning community leaders advocating for local self-rule. • The Black Panthers were not civil rights leaders.

Historians’ Fallacies : Toward a Logic of Historical Thought: David Hackett Fischer

“If one laughs when David Hackett Fischer sits down to play, one will stay to cheer. His book must be read three times: the first in anger, the srcond in laughter, the third in respect….The wisdom is expressed with a certin ruthlessness. Scarcly a major historian escapes unscathed. Ten thousand members of the AmericanHistorical Association will rush to the index and breathe a little easier to find their names absent.

David Hackett Fischer is University Professor and Warren Professor of History at Brandeis University in Massachusetts. The recipient of many prizes and awards for his teaching and writing, he is the author of numerous books, including Washington’s Crossing, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history.

  • Publisher‏ : ‎ Harper & Row, Publishers; 1st edition (January 1, 1970)
  • Language‏ : ‎ English
  • Perfect Paperback ‏ : ‎ 338 pages
  • ISBN-10‏ : ‎ 0061315451
  • ISBN-13‏ : ‎ 978-0061315459
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 9.6 ounces
  • Dimensions‏ : ‎ 5.31 x 0.83 x 8 inches

African Founders: How Enslaved People Expanded American Ideals: David Hackett Fischer

In this sweeping, foundational work, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian David Hackett Fischer draws on extensive research to show how enslaved Africans and their descendants enlarged American ideas of freedom in varying ways in different regions of the early United States.

African Founders explores the little-known history of how enslaved people from different regions of Africa interacted with colonists of European origins to create new regional cultures in the colonial United States. The Africans brought with them linguistic skills, novel techniques of animal husbandry and farming, and generations-old ethical principles, among other attributes. This startling history reveals how much our country was shaped by these African influences in its early years, producing a new, distinctly American culture.

Drawing on decades of research, some of it in western Africa, Fischer recreates the diverse regional life that shaped the early American republic. He shows that there were varieties of slavery in America and varieties of new American culture, from Puritan New England to Dutch New York, Quaker Pennsylvania, cavalier Virginia, coastal Carolina, and Louisiana and Texas.

This landmark work of history will transform our understanding of America’s origins.
Reviews “In a work of phenomenal scope and decades of research across three continents, Fischer delivers a masterpiece of cultural and demographic history. He gives deep grounding to the cliché of diversity in our past, and through a wealth of anecdotes and stories, shows that Africans and African Americans were the agents of the pluralism and syncretism that drove the development of early America. Every student of African American history will learn anew from this book, scholars and general readers alike. Rarely have American regions, the question of race, and the whole story of a society been captured so powerfully. It is a book to be mined for knowledge and savored with joy.” — David W. Blight, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom and Sterling Professor of History, Yale University

“A magnificent achievement and a fitting companion to Fischer’s earlier masterpiece, Albion’s Seed. Along with the regional influences of the original British settlers to the founding of America— the Puritans, Chesapeake cavaliers, Quakers, and Scotch-Irish— we now have the many contributions of the diverse peoples of Africa to the rich and complex tapestry of American culture. Based on an immense amount of research, this powerful work of history transcends all our current historiographical debates over slavery.” — Gordon Wood, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Power and Liberty: Constitutionalism in the American Revolution and the Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor of History Emeritus, Brown University

“A monumental achievement in several senses of the term. Fischer shows how a gifted historian, at the peak of his powers, reframes the current debate over the role of slavery and race in American history. He does so by becoming a fully informed witness rather than a politically informed judge. Here the larger truth of our origins as a biracial society is not lost, but found, in the details.” — Joseph J. Ellis, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Cause: The American Revolution and Its Discontents

“Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Fischer delivers an exhaustive, multidimensional work about the waves of enslaved Africans brought forcibly to America and how their cultural elements interacted with White-controlled society to create a variety of unique American regions. . . . A tour de force of fascinating, multilayered research that adds significantly to the literature on the early republic.” ― Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Enriched by Hackett’s deep empathy, scrupulous research, and lucid prose, this milestone study casts American history in a new light.” ― Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Emphasizing regional variations and the agency of individuals, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Fischer shows how Africans responded to racial slavery in ways that ultimately redefined and expanded American notions of freedom. . . . Informed by a mountain of quantitative and narrative sources and leavened by Fischer’s travels on both sides of the Atlantic, this is a comprehensive demographic history with a powerful and important corrective thesis.” ― Booklist (starred review)

“[Fischer] argues that historians should not focus solely on the tragic moral paradox of racism and slavery without also considering the positive, enduring impacts that enslaved and free Africans have had on the United States’ founding ideals. This riveting, extensive study will prove invaluable to students of the history of slavery and African American history.” ― Library Journal (starred review)

About the Author

David Hackett Fischer is a University Professor and Warren Professor of History emeritus at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He is the author of numerous books, including the 2005 Pulitzer Prize winner Washington’s Crossing and Champlain’s Dream. In 2015, he received the Pritzker Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing.

  • Publisher‏ : ‎ Simon & Schuster (May 31, 2022)
  • Language‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover‏ : ‎ 960 pages
  • ISBN-10‏ : ‎ 1982145099
  • ISBN-13‏ : ‎ 978-1982145095
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.5 pounds
  • Dimensions‏ : ‎ 6.25 x 2 x 9.25 inches