William Ellis navigated the multicultural caste system in Texas and the politicization of the border as training in international finance. One can question if he, like at Tlahualilo, concealed his African descent to penetrate American and Mexican societies; or if he penetrated both in doing so. Ellis perfected the art of "passing," and Jacoby found no-less competitive a figure for scholarship on the subject.
A review of The Strange Career of William Ellis: The Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire (Karl Jacoby).
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A Christmas in Calcutta is humorous and witty, with lots of twists and turns. Dr. Watan, a Hindu physician, travels with a lone Englishwoman who might be trouble for him in colonial India. He and Charlotte, that woman, are memorable characters and their story, is a memorable balancing act. Reading A Christmas in Calcutta is like watching a movie.
A review of A Christmas in Calcutta (A.M. Sardar).
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Summoned at Midnight is a kind of posthumous cause célèbre for private John Bennett and criminal justice reform.
And rightly so.
For indigent soldiers, both Black and White, response to a death sentence and life on death row were at times bizarre. A fellow private, Thomas Edwards, broke the mold of naiveté among condemned Black soldiers, rejecting the defense attorney appointed to him. He best articulated the racialized injustice inherent to the court-martial, and I'd read his letters to Eisenhower in their entirety.
For Summoned at Midnight to be historical nonfiction, the last chapters were suspenseful. I had no idea how it would end.
A review of Summoned at Midnight: A Story of Race and the Last Military Executions at Fort Leavenworth (Richard A. Serrano).
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