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HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT: ESCAPED SLAVES IN LATE EIGHTEENTH- AND EARLY NINETEENTH-CENTURY JAMAICA

Simon P. Newman

artwork by Anthony King, maps by David Ely, and video and photography by Marenka Thompson-Odlum

Introduction

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.

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[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….

Read more about the OI’s digital publishing program and plans for the future here.

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