Broke the War: Letters of a Slave Trader by Edmund L. Drago

ISBN: 9780872497634

Published: February 3rd 2010

Hardcover

152 pages


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Broke  by  the War: Letters of a Slave Trader by Edmund L. Drago

Broke by the War: Letters of a Slave Trader by Edmund L. Drago
February 3rd 2010 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 152 pages | ISBN: 9780872497634 | 4.77 Mb

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 theMoreBroke 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, McElveens 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 McElveens finances and left him, as described years later by a credit investigator, simply as broke by the war-old man.



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