Black Hands White Sails: The Story of African-American Whalers is a 1999 work of non-fiction by Patricia C. McKissack. McKissack examines the lives, motives and culture of black sailors who worked dangerous jobs on whaling ships, as well as the lives of some abolitionists. Although the work was exceedingly dangerous, the conditions were preferable to slavery. McKissack also examines the role of whalers during the Revolutionary War and Civil War.

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