[...] Blake's popular reception was disappointing, certainly due to many complicated contributing factors, not least of which were its promotion of black insurrection and its disjointed publication at a time when much of Delany's prospective black authence had turned their attention to the possibility of emancipation encouraged by the Civil War.1 Despite Delany's efforts, Blake would not move quickly from serialization to publication in book form, as would the much-lauded Uncle Tom's Cabin.2 Instead, Delany's representation of organized, violent resistance would fade into virtual obscurity until Floyd J. Miller's 1970 reprint of the extant chapters in novel form. Ever suspicious, white slaveholders interpret any suggestion of slave conspiracy as credible threat.\n Moved toward rage and vengeance by this scene, Cubans of African descent, regardless of status or skin tone, vividly recognize the artificiality and instability of the color caste system by which they are governed.
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