Blake: Or, The Huts of America, a Novel

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Beacon Press, 1970 - Fiction - 321 pages
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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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Contents

The Project
3
Colonel Franks at Home
4
The Fate of Maggie
7
Departure of Maggie
10
A Vacancy
13
Henrys Return
14
Master and Slave
17
The Sale
22
The Discovery
179
The Confrontment
182
Obscurity
190
The InterviewBlake
192
Meeting and Greeting
198
Seeking Employment
199
Coastward Bound
201
TransAtlantic
203

The Runaway
28
Merry Making
32
A Shadow
36
The Discovery
44
Perplexity
51
Gad and Gossip
55
Interchange of Opinion
59
Solicitude and Amusement
65
Henry at Large
68
Fleeting Shadows
73
Come What Will
80
Advent Among the Indians
85
What Not
88
New Orleans
98
The Rebel Blacks
107
A Flying Cloud
108
Like Father Like Son
115
Return to Mississippi
124
A Night of Anxiety
125
Studying Head Work
131
The Fugitives
136
The Pursuit
139
The Attack Resistance Arrest
142
The Escape
150
Happy Greeting
152
A Novel Adventure
157
Cornelia Woodward
163
Henry at the Hacienda
166
A Glimmer of Hope
170
Impatience
175
Significant
207
Making the Coast
211
The Slave Factory
214
Before Leaving
218
Homeward Bound
220
The Middle Passage
224
Middle PassageChase Continued
227
Storm During Middle Passage
231
The Captives
237
The Seeleys
238
Anticipation
240
Gala Day
243
National Fete
247
Great Gathering at Madame Cordoras
249
The Grand Council
256
Fearful Misgivings
263
The Captain General and Lady
268
The Confrontment
271
What of the Negroes?
273
ChitChat
275
False Alarm
276
Sunday Morning
279
Entertainment at Carolus Blacus
282
Momentous Step
290
Fearful Apprehensions
293
Kings Day
299
Increased Alarm
302
American TyrannyOppression of the Negroes
306
Notes to Text
315
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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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