pt. 1. Material traces in the archive -- Labor and ownership in the American South -- Solving the mystery of their union -- Strange Incursions into medical science at the Mutter Museum -- pt. 2. Reading literature and visual cultures -- Late-nineteenth-century visions of conflict and consensus -- Asian Americans bare/bear the hyphen -- Disciplining and normalizing the woman subject in contemporary literature and film pt. 3. Observing and participating -- Our esteemed ancestors.