were "enabled by money made in West Indian plantations" is too sweeping and makes the same mistake that Eric Williams made with his famous thesis that West Indian slave money funded British industrialization; Williams overestimated American and West Indian influences on patterns of historical change in metropolitan England (149). In short, one needs to read this book with care. Perhaps its best contribution is to show how contemporary theory on culture can help us understand the institution of slavery better than we currently do. But if Gikandi is a fine literary critic, he has deficiencies as a historian, deficiencies that make this book less rewarding than it might have been. Trevor Burnard trevor burnard, professor of history at the University of Melbourne, is the author of Mastery, Tyranny, and Desire: Thomas Thistlewood and His Slaves in the Anglo-Jamaican World (University of North Carolina Press, 2004). Mightier than the Sword: "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and the Battle for America. By David S. Reynolds. (New York: W. W. Norton, 2011. Pp. 329. Cloth, $27.95; paper, $17.95.) No doubt, most Civil War buffs are familiar with the oft-told anecdote concerning Harriet Beecher Stowe's encounter with Abraham Lincoln in December 1862. Meeting in
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