Introduction: E Pluribus Verum
The following essays speak for themselves. One need not patronize authors or readers with attempts at summation and paraphrase. This introduction reflects briefly on their significance as part of an ongoing attempt to trace out both a discourse and a subject of investigation in a rapidly evolving field of multidisciplinary inquiry. The immediate focus of this collection is constructions of race in the early modern Atlantic world. But that needs to be understood within the larger study of race, literature, and ethnicity, projected in the “Signs of Race” symposiums and volumes—and within the wider world which affects us all, as scholars and human beings.
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