Blake: or; The Huts of America

Overview

Delaney's hero is a West Indian slave who travels throughout the South advocating revolution, and later becomes the general of a black insurrectory fore in Cuba. Blake hopes that, with rebellion in Cuba and the expulsion of all Americans, Cuba's model as a self-governed black state will ultimately precipitate the downfall of slavery in the United States.

Focusing on the political and social issues of the 1850s – slavery as an institution, Cuba as the prime interest of Southern ...

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Overview

Delaney's hero is a West Indian slave who travels throughout the South advocating revolution, and later becomes the general of a black insurrectory fore in Cuba. Blake hopes that, with rebellion in Cuba and the expulsion of all Americans, Cuba's model as a self-governed black state will ultimately precipitate the downfall of slavery in the United States.

Focusing on the political and social issues of the 1850s – slavery as an institution, Cuba as the prime interest of Southern expansionists, the practicality of militant slave revolution, and the possibilities of collective action – Blake is one of the most revealing novels of its period.

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"A fascinating political and social document." – The New York Review of Books

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807064191
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 6/28/1971
  • Edition description: None
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 801,893
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin R. Delaney (1812-85) has been called the father of American black nationalism, and his only novel, Blake, powerfully dramatizes his separatist philosophy.

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