First printing of this speculative fiction novel about a wounded Black soldier in the Vietnam War who hallucinates about fighting in major American battles across history.
Near fine in very good plus jacket.
"It suggests just how much has been purposely left out of American military history." – contemporary review by George Davis in the NEW YORK TIMES
While delirious, the title character experiences fighting at Lexington and Concord during the American Revolution; the Battle of New Orleans -- under Jackson -- during the War of 1812; and further battles through the Civil War, Spanish-American War, both World Wars, and more. His interactions with white soldiers and leaders highlights both the consistent erasure of Black contributions to American military history and the ill treatment of Black soldiers by the government they were serving. Ambiguously moving across time and ending with scenes from a future war, CAPTAIN BLACKMAN is a provocative entry in Black Power SF that "answers white bigotry with black gaucherie" (William Couch, Jr.).
Read more: Davis, "A Revolutionary War soldier in Vietnam," in The New York Times, 21 May 1972; Bould, "Come Alive by Saying No: An Introduction to Black Power SF," in Science Fiction Studies Vol. 34, No. 2, Afrofuturism (July 2007); Couch, "The Image of the Black Soldier in Selected American Novels," in CLA Vol. 20, No. 2 (December 1976).
Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1972. 8'' x 5.25''. Original quarter tan cloth, black cloth boards. In original unclipped ($6.95) white dust jacket with design by Kiyoshi Kanai. Fore-edge machine deckle. 336 pages. Sliver of offsetting at hinges. Jacket with some faint toning primarily at spine, a few light spots of soil.
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