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The Last, First Miami Speakers

The Last, First Miami Speakers

The story of the Miami language over the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries is one of fracture and dissolution. In this it is not unique among Native languages—or cultures. In fact, it’s difficult to talk about one without [...]

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The Seeds of Rebirth

The Seeds of Rebirth

On a snowy, ten-degree day in January 2009, my girlfriend and I woke up and randomly found our way to Gary, Indiana. We had Broadway to ourselves. At that time, the former Sheraton Hotel (since demolished) loomed menacingly over downtown. [...]

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When Ruby Jones Was Here

When Ruby Jones Was Here

Excerpted from The Detroit Neighborhood Guidebook, coming in August from Belt Publishing. By Lakisha Dumas When Ruby Jones was here, Detroit was where I called home. Recalling my elementary-school-aged self, bursting through [...]

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