Monday, January 18, 2021

The 1620 Project Interview

 Your American Heritage January 16, 2021
Link to broadcast audio

Show Notes:
Let me run by the Talking Points for today:

Cancel Culture, the silencing of a culture
Our American History being twisted

             Bill Federer: A country that loses it’s history, is like a man that loses his memory. Dementia.
       I say when a nation is convinced it’s history is not as they remember it, they are being                            “Gaslighted” (Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Joseph Cotten, and 18-year-old Angela Lansbury)

Joining us today is Peter W Wood,
(Not to be confused with Peter H Wood!: "I am sorry to say that I am NOT that Peter Wood, so I suspect you would not want me on your show.  In contrast, I am a serious and professionally trained historian of early America, now retired.")

Peter W Wood is the President of the National Association of Scholars. Dr. Wood is an anthropologist January 2009. Before that he served as executive director (2007-2008), and as provost of The King’s College in New York City (2005-2007).

Dr. Wood was a tenured member of the Anthropology Department at Boston University, where he also held a variety of administrative positions, including associate provost and president’s chief of staff.

He received his Ph.D. in anthropology in 1987 from the University of Rochester. His undergraduate degree is from Haverford College (1975) and he has a master’s degree in library science from Rutgers University (1977).

Dr. Wood is the author of A Bee in the Mouth: Anger in America Now (Encounter Books, 2007) and of Diversity: The Invention of a Concept (Encounter Books, 2003) which won the Caldwell Award for Leadership in Higher Education from the John Locke Foundation. These books extend his anthropological interest in examining emergent themes in modern American culture. And most recently 1620: A Critical Response to the 1619 Project

In addition to his scholarly work, Dr. Wood has published several hundred articles in print and online journals, such as Partisan Review and National Review Online, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Cancel Culture:

What to Worship, How to Obey: The New Rules of Cancel Culture

“unless you do what we want, we won’t participate.”

“Or, if you use the title “doctor” mainly for a medical practitioner and are suddenly thinking that maybe you should address the recipient of doctorate in education with the same august title, you are bowing to compliance.”

refer to "Dr." Jill Biden, and "Dr." Matt Gibbs (who prefers SSgt to Dr.)

“Historically, we are fortunate that Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King, Jr. didn’t subscribe to the “new anger” formulation, in which a volatile temperament licenses itself to boil over whenever it meets an aggravation.”

1620: A Critical Response to the 1619 Project:

“Nikole Hannah-Jones, the project’s chief editor and lead writer, received a Pulitzer Prize for her efforts, and the Pulitzer Center partnered with the Times to roll out a 1619 curriculum suitable for the nation’s schools.”

The nation's template was The Plymouth Colony (1620) , not Jamestown (1619).
Massachusetts's Bay Colony was slave free.
The slaves landed at Jamestown were bartered off as slaves by the pirates, but were treated as indentured servants by Jamestown as chattel slavery had not beeen established yet. 


  1. The trick is to tell just enough truth to prevent anyone from claiming the proposition is illogical and factually skewed — which it seems best describes 1619. In Dr. Sowell’s book, “Black Rednecks/White Liberals” he destroys the myth that black slavery stands alone in the realm of man’s inhumanity; he wonders why at least the same attention isn’t being paid to white slavery, which in terms of numbers, affected far more people than its black variant. And of course, 1619 doesn’t address the fact that the primary source of black slaves was black tribes and Moslem slave traders. And even if one admits that the Jamestown blacks were indentured (GASP), is that worse than Andrew and William Johnson, both of whom were white guys and also endured? Andrew, one may recall, went on to become our 17th president.

    1. I did not know that about Andrew Johnson.

    2. The dementia analogy is more apt than you probably know. You don't just lose your memory. You lose your way, your ability to execute rational thought and respond to it. You make havoc out of the lives of those around you. No matter how "normal" a life you want you spend it swatting flies away constantly with no ability to engage in a rational discussion about it.

      Mustang, LOVED that book. Worth reading every year.

  2. Ed, I just heard the broadcast. Wow! I never heard the 'answer' like that one to the 1619 project, about those black indentured servants who arrived in Massachusetts.

    1. Amazing, isn't it?
      Thank you so much for stopping by.