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The Resource Broke By the War : Letters of a Slave Trader

Broke By the War : Letters of a Slave Trader

Label
Broke By the War : Letters of a Slave Trader
Title
Broke By the War
Title remainder
Letters of a Slave Trader
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Look into the world of slave trading, ranging from the economic aspects of prices, shipping, supply sources, and financing to the impact on those involved, including the breakup of slave families, the pursuit of runaways, and the various roles played by doctors, lawyers, bankers, and planters in this abominable business.
Cataloging source
StDuBDS
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Biography
  • Diaries, letters & journals
  • Slavery & abolition of slavery
  • United States of America, USA
  • 19th century, c 1800 to c 1899
  • History of the Americas
  • History
  • Local history
Summary expansion
This is the revealing correspondence of a South Carolina slave trader from years just before the Civil War. ""Broke by the War"" is a collection of more than 140 letters written between 1852 and 1857 by South Carolina slave trader A. J. McElveen to his employer Z. B. Oakes, a prosperous Charleston broker. The correspondence provides an intimate look into the world of slave trading, from the economic aspects of prices, shipping, supply sources, and financing to the impact on those involved, including the breakup of slave families, the pursuit of runaways, and the various roles played by doctors, lawyers, bankers, and planters in this abominable business. Edited and introduced by Edmund L. Drago, McElveen's letters give the modern reader an opportunity to view Old South slave trading through the eyes of a representative participant. As Drago recounts, the Civil War decimated McElveen's finances and left him, as described years later by a credit investigator, simply as 'broke by the war - old man'
Target audience
general
Label
Broke By the War : Letters of a Slave Trader
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
BDZ0024767193
Isbn
9781570039423
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
14 illustrations
Label
Broke By the War : Letters of a Slave Trader
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
BDZ0024767193
Isbn
9781570039423
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
14 illustrations

Library Locations

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      Phillimore Walk, London, W8 7RX, GB
      51.5014572 -0.1944621
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