The 1619 Project
The lost roots!
During a classroom session, a teacher asked her students to write about their family's origins. Although most students were familiar with their background, one girl felt embarrassed because she knew little about her roots. She then confided in her grandmother, who gathered the entire family to share their origins and how they came to be.
We picked this book for its title. The harrowing tale tells the story of the Ndongo, a West African group brutally displaced by invaders. They were forced to board The White Lion ship, which transported them to an unfamiliar land. The narration is highly detailed and records every journey event. It is a valuable resource for those seeking to understand and appreciate the people's roots. The illustrations throughout the story skillfully and emotionally depict the narration.
Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renée Watson's The 1619 Project poignantly depicts the shift from freedom to slavery and peace to pain, as well as the consequent loss of identity. The emotional depth of the work is beautifully captured by Nikkolas Smith.
Originally published: 2021
Author: Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renée Watson
Illustrations: Nikkolas Smith
Rating basis (of 5.0): Story (5.0), Characters (5.0), Writing Style (5.0), Illustrations (5.0), Cover (5.0) & Ease (3.5)
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