Richard Cullen Rath

I teach history at the University of Hawai'i, where I am also director of the Digital Arts and Humanities Initiative.  I wrote a book, How Early America Sounded. I have a couple more in store, at least, It is just that writing them takes so long!  Here are some essays I have written in the not too distant past: "How to Read Hypertext: Media Literacy and Open Access in Higher Education," in Making the University Matter, ed. Barbie Zelizer (Routledge, 2011);
"Hearing Wampum: The Senses, Mediation, and the Limits of Analogy," in Colonial Mediascapes: Sensory Worlds of the Early Americas, ed. Matt Cohen and Jeffrey Glover (University of Nebraska Press, 2014), 290–321;  “Sensory Media: Communication and the Enlightenment in the Atlantic World,” in A Cultural history of the Senses in the Age of Enlightenment, 1650-1800, ed by. Anne C. Vila (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014); and
"Hearing American History" The Journal of American History 95, no. 2 (September 2008): 417–31.

I also play music, varying from punk to ambient to alternative. I take care of Way.Net when I have the time.

Here are a few older articles.  With the help of students, I have created a digital edition of W.E.B. Du Bois's classic, The Souls of Black Folk. It includes the music at the head of each chapter along with an analysis of it, a key to understanding the book. I wrote an article on DuBois's philosophy of history (pdf) that he used in Souls of Black Folk.  A lot of people come to to read my article on the creolization of African music in South Carolina in the eighteenth century, "Drums and Power." Or maybe you would like to read another article, this one on African music in seventeenth century Jamaica (pdf).   There is a less technical explanation of the music here.  

Every once in a while, I post my searchable collection of history bookmarks if you are interested.

Here are a couple of old programs that might or might not work for you: I built a hypertext guide to pidgin and creole studies in 1993 that I might come back to and update at some point. I made it on an old hypertext program called Maxthink before the WWW really least the html part of it. I then converted it using a program called SNR that is pretty cool once you figure it out.  Back then it was beyond me to run perl in windows 9X.  Beware, the hypertext is sort of confusing in a first year graduate student obfuscating kind of way. If you are interested in such things, you can download the DOS verion of an explanation of Noam Chomsky's minimalist program from about the same time that was too complex to translate into html. To run the system, unpack the files in a new directory, open a dos (run "cmd" in windoze xp) box in the directory and type HYGEN from the directory that the files are in. Then type L to begin, use arrow keys to navigate. If you do not happen to have a computer with DOS on it, install the DOSBox app and point it to the directory you unpacked gramglos into.

Finally, you can contact me via's contact page.