A Different Drummer Study Guide

A Different Drummer

A Different Drummer by William Melvin Kelley

A Different Drummer is the story of a black man, Tucker Caliban, who, acting on what some believe is divine advice, throws everything away to touch off a Biblical exodus of his Southern state's black farmers, field hands, and ex-slaves. Tucker burns his home, kills his stock, and salts his fields in an act of divine wrath meant to lay the foundation for a new world order. The novel is an allegory for the Civil Rights campaigns of the 1960s.

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