Aug. 20, 2019

August 20, 1619 The Day That 20 Angolans Arrived In Jamestown For Sale, Hold Up There's More To That

By Michael Guasco
SMITHSONIAN.COM
SEPTEMBER 13, 2017
The BLACKMAN WHO READS ALOUD
WE CAME LONG BEFORE AUGUST 20, 1619​

The Misguided Focus on 1619 as the Beginning of Slavery in the U.S. Damages Our Understanding of American History The year the first enslaved Africans were brought to Jamestown is drilled into students’ memories, but overemphasizing this date distorts history

This morning across this nation will hear of the story that August 20, 1619,​ was the date that 20 Angolan​ men and women left a Dutch ship to enter the colony of Jamestown. Thus beginning the horrific institution of slavery in what became the United States. However, that isn't the whole story because peoples of African descent were traveling to this new world long before 1619. They came as captives from European nations. Today I will read an article that details that history.