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Blake; or, The Huts of America

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Blake; or, The Huts of America

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Author: Martin R. Delany
Publisher: Harvard University Press, 2017
Beacon Press, 1970
Original English publication, 1862

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Book Type: Novel
Genre: Science-Fiction
Sub-Genre Tags: Alternate History (SF)
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Delany's hero is a West Indian slave who travels throughout the South advocating revolution, and later becomes the general of a black insurrectory force 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.

From ISFDB: Part one (chapters 1-23 and 29-31) of the novel was serialized in The Anglo-African Magazine, January to July 1859. The rest of part one was first published when Delany reprinted the story in The Weekly Anglo-African, November 1861 to May 1862. The whole novel was not published in book form until 1970.

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