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Black hands, white sails : the story of African-American whalers

by McKissack, Pat, 1944-2017

Format: Print Book 1999
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
Location Collection Call #
CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction SH381.5.M38 1999
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  SH381.5.M38 1999
Plum Community Library Juvenile Non-Fiction J 639.2 MCK
Location  Plum Community Library
Collection  Juvenile Non-Fiction
Call Number  J 639.2 MCK
The McKissacks tell the story of brave black sailors such as Paul Cuffe, Lewis Temple, and Frederick Douglass, and their part in the whaling industry and abolitionist movement during the 1800s.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 6^-10. This fascinating look at the convergent histories of whaling and the abolitionist movement weaves seemingly disparate threads into a detailed tapestry. The authors trace the whaling industry from its colonial New England roots through the end of the nineteenth century, establishing it within a strong political, social, and economic context. The connections they describe are illuminating, including the use of whaling ships as vehicles on the Underground Railroad and as weapons in the blockade of two Confederate harbors. Whaling was a harsh profession that offered, if not equality, at least greater opportunity for African American men. Drawing heavily from primary sources, the McKissacks celebrate the accomplishments of such sailors, captains, shipbuilders, and inventors as Lewis Temple, the blacksmith who designed the first barbed harpoon. Less-skilled readers may have difficulty following the expansive narrative that pulls in details from several different angles, but history buffs and researchers should find the book's complexity rewarding. Appended is information on whale species, a time line, and a bibliography. --Randy Meyer"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Whaling -- History -- Juvenile literature.
African American whalers -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Whaling -- History.
Whaling ships.
African Americans -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Scholastic Press,1999
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors McKissack, Fredrick.
Language English
Awards Coretta Scott King Honor Book, author, 2000
Description xxiv, 152 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 144-147) and index.
ISBN 0590483137 (hardcover)
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