Book Reviews Informed Power: Communication in the Early American South AlejAndrA dubcovsky Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2016 287 pp. In this invaluable study, Alejandra Dubcovsky oer ff s an account of transcultural communication networks in a place that was taking shape as both “early” and “southern” for European settco ler lo - nists but that was not experientially or intuitively either of those things for its lo st andin ng- g indigenous inhabitants. Beginning in La Florida in the 1560s and pausing at a variety of southeastern way stations before concluding with an account of the Yamasee War and its aer ft shocks through about 1740, Dubcovsky skillfully describes the intricate, e svhift er in -g interrelationships between how power works (or fails) and how communication works (or fails). Throughout, she reconstructs “everyday articulations of power” and the longer ramifications of that power (3). Aptly, one of the verbs that appears most frequently in the book is “reveal.” In both her larger conclusions and her arresting clos u e- ps of indigenous, African, Africa Amer n- ican, Span- ish, French, and English people in the act of carrying, sharing, manipulat- ing, withholding, and unsuccessfully communicating information, D - ub
Early American Literature – University of North Carolina Press
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