It’s like in a movie — you aim for the “Save draft” button, and you hit the “Publish” button.
“Noooooooooo…..”, you cry, but alas, it’s too late.
Apologies to anyone who email subscribes to my blog for the last false alarm. But I’ve finished the post properly now: it’s retitled “Reinventing History”:
I have been trying to write a post about the Lousiana Manilamen, in particular, Lafcadio Hearn’s 1883 article on Saint Malo. It’s been going nowhere. But — while researching their history I came across a fascinating paper, the one quoted above. It tells the story of how the Grand Island population went from a long history of being markedly multiracial, to a conception of itself as entirely white. The narrative is drawn out from the memories of Grand Island natives with respect to the rumored existence of a indigent cemetery for African-Americans and Asians. One of the researchers has close ties to the island, having grown up there as a native.