The everyday lives of Irish and Africans are obscured by sources constructed by elites…Shaw overcomes the constraints such sources impose by pushing methodological boundaries to fill in the gaps, silences, and absences that dominate the historical record. By examining legal statutes, census material, plantation records, travel narratives, depositions, interrogations, and official colonial correspondence, as much for what they omit as for what they include [she] uncovers perspectives that would otherwise remain obscured. This book encourages readers to rethink the boundaries of historical research and writing and to think more expansively about questions of race and difference in English slave societies.
…a taut, vibrant account that shows the synchronicity of movements as King and his colleagues plot political strategy and follow his speaking itinerary, while Ray draws ever closer in what would seem an erratic path if we didn’t know, as in myth, that a tragedy foreordained lay on the road ahead…Half of “Hellhound on His Trail” builds up to the murder, the remaining half follows law-enforcement attempts to identify and track down the unknown assailant, and the efforts by King’s bereft circle to carry on his work…
She writes: “Men’s bodies litter my family history. The pain of the women they left behind pulls them from the beyond, makes them appear as ghosts.” The book’s form enacts this haunting; after reading about a person’s death, the reader encounters that same person—painfully vibrant—in the next chapter.
the Chinese presence in Cuba began in the 19th century, when ‘recruiters’ went to cities like Hong Kong…coercing men to sign contracts to work for minimal wages in exchange for eventual freedom. They functioned as a sort of supplement to slave labor, augmenting the African slave population that already existed in the country.
…a “triumph of Filipina/o American history.” Stockton was home to the largest Filipino community outside of the Philippines through the 20th century. Most importantly, Filipino Americans are still the largest Asian American group in San Joaquin County and in the state of California, and the second largest Asian American group, after Chinese Americans, in the United States.