Wanderer The Last American Slave Ship and the Conspiracy That Set Its Sails

ISBN-10: 0312343485

ISBN-13: 9780312343484

Edition: 2008

Authors: Erik Calonius

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On Nov. 28, 1858, a ship called the Wanderer slipped silently into a coastal channel and unloaded a cargo of over 400 African slaves onto Jekyll Island, Georgia, fifty years after the African slave trade had been made illegal. It was the last ship ever to bring a cargo of African slaves to American soil. The Wanderer began life as a luxury racing yacht, but within a year was secretly converted into a slave ship, and--using the pennant of the New York Yacht Club as a diversion--sailed off to Africa. More than a slaving venture, her journey defied the federal government and hurried the nation’s descent into civil war. The New York Times first reported the story as a hoax; as groups of Africans began to appear in the small towns surrounding Savannah, however, the story of the Wanderer began to leak out, igniting a fire of protest and debate that made headlines throughout the nation and across the Atlantic. As the story shifts from New York City to Charleston, to the Congo River, Jekyll Island and finally Savannah, the Wanderer's tale is played out in the slave markets of Africa, the offices of the New York Times, heated Southern courtrooms, The White House, and some of the most charming homes Southern royalty had to offer.nbsp; In a gripping account of the high seas and the high life in New York and Savannah, Erik Calonius brings to light one of the most important and little remembered stories of the Civil War period.
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Book details

List price: $22.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 2/5/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

Author's Note
Introduction
Early Savannah
The Pulaski
Later Savannah
The Fire-Eaters
The Rawlins and Cobden
Johnson's Wanderer
Corrie's Wanderer
Into Africa
Out of Africa
Jekyll Island
Early Evidence
The Hearing
The President
The British
Vicksburg
Trial, Part I
Trial, Part II
Charleston
Lamar Trial
The Wanderer
Cilucangy
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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