Melville Melville, Benito Cereno, Dylan discussed on John Batchelor
Greg Brandon's here is new book is the empire of, necessity slavery freedom and deception in the new world and I described this as de mythology ising a, brilliant, Melville short. Story short novella Benito cereno, about, a, slave uprising at a masquerade that deceives a massive Delano. From Duxbury, Massachusetts and. Professor we were discussing a Mazda. Dylan oh being. Not quite a success in all of, his adventures and he's he's. Tireless the man works all the time he never sleeps he gets it from, his his family the della knows their adventurous, but at the same time we have to watch Melville Melville's many years later. Although they share some of, the same players the young attorney who becomes an important player in the slavery battle in Massachusetts when he's. A young attorney he represents Delvino. In his law seeking a. When he wants to. Be. One wedding wants to seek compensation For his actions. The important actions, with, the trial, but Melville. Himself comes from a family I learned in an elaborate, footnote that you provide a family that. Has a a shadow it's the shadow of a slave revolt against the, family that Melville comes from and there were young people and a sixteen year old girl who was, hanged, because of. The slave revolt in Albany, New, York, does that does that weigh on Melville's opinion of what. Dylan oh, well I. Think in slavery in general I. This is the. Question Melville didn't leave any diary entries, or or correspondence of what. He was thinking when you wrote Benito cereno and this is a debate among, Melville scholars about his opinion of slavery slitting, Melville was was was a democrat and he believed in emancipation they believed in. In in freedom for individuals, he was against chattel slavery as an institution but also he was witnessing I think he was living through Through what, the institution of slavery was doing. To the United States and he was. Tortured by you felt I think he was at an impasse the impasse though is in. That living in denial the wealth I read you correctly the wealth of New, England has to be presented as based upon slavery the number of slaves after seventeen seventy six was in excess of, five million flowing to? The age of liberty so there was nothing about? Liberty, that, stopped slavery in fact it encouraged, it, did Melville ingest ingest. That growing up and did he put it into Benito cereno yes and what he put into Benito cereno. I think is is is a sense of hopelessness he he had come. To the conclusion that that America face, to choices and the eighteen. Sixties had it could it could it could. Fight against slavery and the inequity sinful inequity, that slavery was and risk. Destroying the Republic the experiment and The liberty that the United States was either do revolution or through war through fragmentation or it could accept the fact that that that liberties I can leave slavery in place and accept the fact that liberty for, sun meant slavery Meant slavery, for others and it was. That pessimism.