Davenport, Benjamin Rush

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(?   -?   ) US author, quite possibly a resident of Cleveland, Ohio, whose "Uncle Sam's" Cabins: A Story of American Life, Looking Forward a Century (1895) initially depicts a Near Future so biased toward capitalists that most Americans have become serfs; a plague (see Disaster) eventually gives a reformer the chance to create a more equitable Utopia. Davenport's best-known novel is the Future-War tale Anglo-Saxons, Onward! A Romance of the Future (1898), in which, led by the US president, Anglo-Saxons dominate the world, including Spain – cf the contemporaneous Spanish-US War. Some of the "lessons" of this tale are made more explicit in his white supremacist novel, Blood Will Tell: The Strange Story of a Son of Ham (1902), which posits in fantasticated terms a blood inferiority of the Sons of Ham, that is, black people (see Race in SF). [JC]

Benjamin Rush Davenport





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