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Black No More: Introduction
Black No More: Plot Summary
Black No More: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Black No More: Themes
Black No More: Quotes
Black No More: Characters
Black No More: Symbols
Black No More: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of George S. Schuyler
Historical Context of Black No More
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- Full Title: Black No More
- When Written: 1929–1931
- Where Written: New York City
- When Published: 1931
- Literary Period: Harlem Renaissance
- Genre: Satire, Afrofuturism, Speculative Fiction
- Setting: New York City, Atlanta, Washington, D.C. from 1933–1940
- Climax: Max and his family escape to Mexico; Snobbcraft and Buggerie are lynched in Mississippi.
- Antagonist: Racism, Capitalism
- Point of View: Third-Person Omniscient
Extra Credit for Black No More
Critical Caricatures. While the novel is known for its satiric bite and science fiction elements, it also caricatures many prominent Black American figures of the 1920s including W. E. B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, and James Weldon Johnson.
Thought-Provoking Products. In a preface, Schuyler explains that his story drew on many products and treatments marketed to Black Americans at the time of his writing. These included “Kink-No-More,” a product for African American hair; a treatment from a Japanese doctor who claimed he could change African American and Asian people into “a race of tall, blue-eyed blonds”; and an electrical engineer who claimed that a surplus of pigment in the skin could be removed to make African American people white.