W H Allen will publish The 1619 Project: A New American Origin Story, created by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and the New York Times Magazine.
UK and Commonwealth rights were acquired from Penguin Random House US imprint OneWorld and the title will be published simultaneously on 18th November 2021.
Led by Hannah-Jones, alongside the New York Times Magazine editor-in-chief Jake Silverstein, features editor Ilena Silverman and executive producer Caitlin Roper, the title is described as a "dramatic expansion" of the publication's "1619 Project". The project is an ongoing initiative that aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the centre of the American national narrative and reveals "long-glossed-over truths" about America’s founding and construction.
The book will feature 18 essays that explore the legacy of slavery in present-day America and 36 poems and works of fiction that will illuminate key moments of oppression, struggle and resistance. Seven of those contributions, all by historians, are brand new and all of the original essays from the magazine edition have been substantially expanded, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning lead essay from Hannah-Jones. There are also two new essays by Hannah-Jones: one will make the case for reparative solutions to the legacy of injustice that the project documents, the other will offer a "stirring" rebuttal to the project’s critics.
Jamie Joseph, head of W H Allen, said: "The 1619 Project has been described by New York University’s Journalism Institute as one of the 10 greatest works of journalism in the last decade. It offers an incredible new perspective on what has made the United States of America the most powerful country and influential culture in the world. This matters to all of us, right across the globe, and we are tremendously honoured and excited to bring this new American origin story to readers everywhere."