Delany as Major, U. S. Army (c. 1865)
Portrait sold by Weekly Anglo-African
Like Douglass' "Heroic Slave," Martin Delany's Blake is the story of an African American who chooses violent rebellion over Tom's resignation. Blake repeatedly dismisses Christianity as his "oppressors' religion," and in this text "stand still and see the salvation" means wait and plot in secret until the signal for the insurrection comes. Delany was one of the most out-spoken black critics of Stowe's novel, but there is much about Blake that remains unknown, including how soon after the appearance of Uncle Tom's Cabin Delany began writing it, and whether he ever finished it. Included in this archive is Part One, or just about exactly the first half, of the novel. Most of Part One (chapters 1-23 and 29-31) originally appeared serially 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. It was not published in book form until 1970, when Floyd J. Miller prepared an edition of Part One and the first 40 chapters of Part Two (all that have been recovered) for the Beacon Press.
Both Parts use quatrains from a poem by Stowe as epigraphs, although Delany's vision is of armed slave rebellion rather than Christian submission.
Blake; or, The Huts of America, By Martin R. Delany (1859-1862; rpt. ed. Floyd J. Miller [Boston: Beacon Press, 1970]).
Chapter 1 -- The Project Chapter 2 -- Colonel Franks at Home Chapter 3 -- The Fate of Maggie Chapter 4 -- The Departure of Maggie Chapter 5 -- A Vacancy Chapter 6 -- Henry's Return Chapter 7 -- Master and Slave Chapter 8 -- The Sale Chapter 9 -- The Runaway Chapter 10 -- Merry Making Chapter 11 -- The Shadow Chapter 12 -- The Discovery Chapter 13 -- Perplexity Chapter 14 -- Gad and Gossip Chapter 15 -- Interchange of Opinion Chapter 16 -- Solicitude and Amusement Chapter 17 -- Henry at Large Chapter 18 -- Fleeting Shadows Chapter 19 -- Come What Will Chapter 20 -- Advent Among the Indians Chapter 21 -- What Not Chapter 22 -- New Orleans Chapter 23 -- The Rebel Blacks Chapter 24 -- A Flying Cloud Chapter 25 -- Like Father, Like Son Chapter 26 -- Return to Mississippi Chapter 27 -- A Night of Anxiety Chapter 28 -- Studying Head Work Chapter 29 -- The Fugitives Chapter 30 -- The Pursuit Chapter 31 -- The Attack, Resistance, Arrest Chapter 32 -- The Escape Chapter 33 -- Happy Greeting Chapter 34 -- A Novel Adventure