REVIEWS � 425 and there is not a single footnote reference to the U.S. State Department archives or the British Foreign Ofﬁce papers. One will ﬁnd a much greater breadth of primary sources in Edward Jervey and C. Harold Huber’s 1980 article from the Journal of Negro History. Despite these criticisms, the book will be an enjoyable read for a gen- eral audience, and scholars might ﬁnd the book serviceable if they need a reference for the revolt itself or for a portion of the diplomatic fallout. College instructors may also ﬁnd use for the book. It tells a great story about the largest successful slave revolt in American history, and its rela- tive silence on the larger implications allows them to be incorporated into class discussions or written assignments. But those looking for the deﬁnitive work on the Creole Affair will have to wait. Michael Schoeppner is assistant professor of history at the Univer- sity of Maine–Farmington. He has just ﬁnished his ﬁrst book, Regulating Moral Contagion, on the Negro Seamen Acts, and is currently conduct- ing research for a book on the Dred Scott decision. With Sails Whitening Every Sea: Mariners and the Making of an American
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