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The Voice of Arii Taimai: Henry Adams and the Challenge of Empire

From: Biography
Volume 22, Number 2, Spring 1999
pp. 209-236 | 10.1353/bio.2010.0243



This article represents Henry Adams as distinctly divided on the question of imperialism. In his memoir about the last chiefess of Tahiti, he found a narrative that at once provided a just representation of his subject and silenced a narrative that implicated himself as biographer in his family's imperialist project.