'The 1619 Project' translates the Times' sweeping undertaking to Hulu

Nikole Hannah-Jones presents "The 1619 Project," a six-part docuseries adapted from the New York Times initiative.

The political polarization evident in the response to the 1619 Project -- the New York Times' sweeping journalistic initiative timed to the 400th anniversary of slavery in America -- makes its translation to television something of an event. Yet Hulu's six-part docuseries, "The 1619 Project," illustrates the challenges bringing such a sweeping and complex undertaking to TV, feeling perhaps better suited to PBS than a commercial platform.

Part of that has to do with featuring the project's architect, Nikole Hannah-Jones, as the TV version's guide and correspondent, frequently offering personal anecdotes and insights connected to her family history to shed light on the larger themes.

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