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The slave trade began in 1619. That makes this year the 400th anniversary of the first Africans arriving in Virginia. This anniversary presents an interesting opportunity for reflection, though, because in some ways slavery's legacy is as visible now as it was then. America itself is still a nation of slaves, even though slavery is dying out elsewhere. We are, in important ways, still living with the stain of slavery.

The 1619 Project is a work in progress. We started with one article, "1619," that asked, "What was it like for slaves in Virginia in 1619?" The 1619 Project is, among other things, an attempt to re-imagine slavery.

The 1619 Project is part of a larger project, too. We are interested in how slavery has shaped America. In the course of working on this, we're also looking at the role of slavery in slavery's former home, West Africa, and at some of the people who are trying to heal the wounds caused by the slave trade. The 1619 Project is an experiment, and we invite readers to help us shape it.

The 1619 Project is working quickly. Every week, we publish a new article, and we welcome readers' comments and criticism.

The 1619 Project is a project of The New York Times Magazine.

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