We begin our ending — for this is our editorial summation — with a lexical interlude. The word ‘figure’ enfolds multiple meanings — as a verb: to appear, be mentioned, represent, be a symbol of, imagine, pattern, calculate, understand, determine, consider — all remultiplied by the word’s hospitality to prefixes. Almost as complex — to assert what this book attempts to demonstrate — is the word ‘archive’ (the noun), which plays (is played) as idea, as institution, accumulation of physical or virtual objects, profession, process, service. Conjoining these words ‘figure’ and ‘archive’ is to open up a cornucopia of meaning.
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- 3.The recently published Harvard Guide to African-American History (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2001), edited by L. Litwack and D. Clark Hine, is one of the few publications in this area which looks beyond alternative histories to examine the sources on which they are based.Google Scholar
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