Simon P. Newman
artwork by Anthony King, maps by David Ely, and video and photography by Marenka Thompson-Odlum
From “New and Improved” by Joshua Piker, Editor of the William and Mary Quarterly
I’m delighted to have a chance to roll out a new iteration of Simon Newman’s article, “Hidden in Plain Sight: Escaped Slaves in Late Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century Jamaica.” And I’m equally delighted to preview a new-and-improved version that will appear on our new-and-improved OI Reader this spring.
Newman’s article was initially published on the OI Reader in June 2018.
[And as] you’ve likely noticed, the OI Reader app ceased working—was taken offline? went poof? flamed in? the term of art eludes me—this fall. Given that I had planned that the journal’s run of digitally-themed articles, forums, and workshops would serve as a sustained call for early Americanists to consider ways in which they themselves could engage with what Block labels as #DigEarlyAm, “Not what I had in mind” doesn’t begin to cover my reaction to the app’s demise.
If I did not expect to be confronting the problem of—my apologies in advance—appsolescence last fall, though, I and everyone else at the OI did expect that entering the world of digital publishing would require us to periodically deal with transformations in technology….
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