Title

A game on the high seas

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Iowa Review

Publication Date

Spring 2017

Volume

47

Issue

1

First Page

130

Last Page

143

Publisher

University of Iowa

Abstract

Huang narrates the game of chess between the original Siamese twins, Eng and Chang Bunker, and the newly elected president of Liberia, Edward James Roye, aboard a steamship traveling from Liverpool to New York City in 1870. In some ways, the leisurely chess game on the Palmyra, a welcome interruption of themonotony of a long oceanic voyage, was an intermission to a large historical drama unfolding in nineteenth-century America. The twins trip abroad led them to a game of chess with the black man who was the symbol of the emancipation. As the chess pieces moved across the checkered board on the Palmyra, boatloads of freed blacks were traveling in the opposite direction toward Liberia, the land of liberty.

Print ISSN

0021065X

Publisher Statement

Copyright © Spring 2017 Iowa Review.

Language

English

Recommended Citation

Huang, Y. (2017). A game on the high seas. Iowa Review, 47(1), 130-143.

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