Broke by the War: Letters of a Slave Trader by University of South Carolina Press (Paperback, 2010)
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- DescriptionThis 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 ecomic 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'.
- Author BiographyEdmund L. Drago is a professor of history at the College of Charleston. He is the author of Confederate Phoenix: Rebel Children and Their Families in South Carolina and Black Politicians and REconstruction in Georgia: A Splendid Failure.
- PublisherUniversity of South Carolina Press
- Date of Publication15/10/2010
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationSouth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of South Carolina Press
- Content Note14 illustrations
- Weight263 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine10 mm
- Edited byEdmund L. Drago
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