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1619 Commemoration makes note of Jamestown's role in American history

1619 Commemoration makes note of Jamestown's role in American history

The year 1619 was memorable in the history of the colony of Virginia and ultimately the United States. During a four-to five-week span — July through August — two momentous events took place: the first meeting of a representative government assembly and the arrival of the first enslaved Africans.

Well-known historian James Horn in his recently published book, “1619: Jamestown and the Forging of American Democracy,” puts the two events succinctly in this perspective:

“1619 marks the inception of the most important political development in American history, the rise of democracy, and the emergence of what would in time become one of the nation’s greatest challenges: the...

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