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The Richmond Slave Trade: The Economic Backbone of the Old Dominion Paperback – March 4, 2012
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About the Author
Jack Trammell was born in Berea, Kentucky, and is descended from generations of Appalachian farmers who migrated from Normandy through England and Virginia. He is a professor, researcher and writer, as well as a small family farmer currently residing in central Virginia with his wife and seven children (Daniel, Alec, Bethany, Maddie, Mary, Chris and Hannah, and of course, Audrie!). He has more than twenty-one books to his credit, ranging from textbooks for students in gifted programs (math and history) to award-winning Appalachian writing (Jesse Stuart poetry award, etc.). His published credits include research articles in education and sociology journals (related to disability studies), as well as hundreds of articles, short stories and poems. For almost seven years, he wrote a regular military history column for the Washington Times. His education includes a BA in political science at Grove City College, a master’s degree in history education at Virginia Commonwealth University, a special education certificate from the University of Virginia and a PhD again from VCU. Most recently, he was a visiting scholar at the DuPont-funded Summer Seminar at the National Center for the Humanities.
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I had no idea that Richmond was such a player in slave trading well into the Civil War, or that the truth about it had been buried so successfully by later generations. Even while it was happening it was poorly documented. The most stunning pieces of documentation, reproduced in the book, are the etchings of slave auctions made by the personal secretary to William M Thackery, the celebrated British author. Thackery said at the time that his secretary had been imprudent, but the imprudence has proved to be history's gain.
So, congratulations to Trammell. My quibble with his book is that it reads like a Ph.D dissertation, which it probably was.