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Empire in the AirAirline Travel and the African Diaspora$
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Chandra D. Bhimull

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479843473

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479843473.001.0001

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Empire in the Air

Chandra D. Bhimull

NYU Press

There are very few photographs of her from then. She grew up in a tiny place, not a small one like the others.1 Her island is set apart, far from the mainland, which is an island too. In one of the photographs, she stands, young and still, hand on her hip, without a smile, in front of a commuter plane. It was there because it had crashed. She was there because it was something different: 3 x 3-inches, black and white....

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