to whom entries refer take on a kind of in-your-face communicated reality to
the researcher beyond the detached objective intellectual awareness that the
data denotes actual people albeit long dead and forgotten.
researcher begins to “see” them in his or her “mind’s eye.” I don’t mean
hallucinations, visions or actual apparitions. I mean an empathetic
connection bridging distances of time and geography.
researcher encounters an Ernest Stanton, jailed briefly at age 10, being
jailed again at age 13, the first for whom “school” is entered as his
“occupation,” the boy is no longer just an entry in a book.