• January 30, 2012
  • History
  • USD $34.95
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN-13: 9781934572696
  • Trim: 10in × 10in

Savannah: Brokers, Bankers, and Bay Lane

Inside the Slave Trade

Barry Sheehy
The second book in a four-part series, Brokers, Bankers, and Bay Lane journeys even deeper into Savannah's slave trading past to examine the business of slavery in the late antebellum period.  With the simple premise that slavery could not have operated for so long without a viable business model, the authors examine the social, economic, and political factors that made the institution so remarkably resilient.  Who was making a profit for the institution, and how much did they make? What did they think about their work and what did the community think? Who, besides the slave traders and masters, benefited?  The authors also tell the stories of the slaves themselves, the human beings swept up and processed through this terrible machinery. What were their names and their stories?

Answering these and other questions, the authors demonstrate how the institution of slavery in no way operated in a vacuum, but rather thrived on the support of local government, banks, church and community organizations, and established social networks. With stunning black and white photographs of physical structures and artifacts tied to the slave trade, this rich and compelling volume will give readers valuable insight into the unique and powerful role that Savannah played in the expansion of slavery in Georgia.
Originally from Montreal Canada, Barry Sheehy holds degrees from Loyola and McGill Universities. Mr. Sheehy’s lifelong passion for history has continued since his early years as an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces. He holds the Canadian Armed Forces Decoration. After leaving the military, he entered the entrepreneurial world of business consulting where he acquired clients from New York to London and as far away as Dubai and Hong Kong. Barry is the author or contributing author of several books and over fifty published papers and articles. Barry’s ongoing interest in history eventually focussed his attention on America’s most complete, surviving, antebellum, southern city - Savannah. He was particularly interested in the city’s wartime experience. After many years of exhaustive research, Sheehy began the task of final development, aided by an all-volunteer team of skilled professionals in 2005. With rigorous cross-checking from both previously published works and newly discovered original materials, Sheehy has written the most extensive, historical study of Civil War Savannah ever undertaken. Now, just in time for the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War, the first and second volumes of a four volume series – “Savannah, Immortal City” followed by Brokers Bankers and Bay Lane - go to press.