Reconstructing A Final Chapter Of The American Slave Trade

Jun 14, 2018

Savannah businessman Charles Lamar on Nov. 28, 1858, became the first person in 40 years to land a slave ship on American soil.

That event is the subject of Jim Jordan’s new book, “The Slave-Trader’s Letter-Book: Charles Lamer, the Wanderer, and other Tales of the African Slave Trade.”

Jordan was able to reconstruct the story because he got his hands on valuable research material — Charles Lamar’s own letters, which most historians didn’t even believe existed.   


A collector in New Jersey contacted Jordan to ask if he had any interest in three trunks of antebellum papers.

“I was so excited I was on a plane in a week,” he said.  

What he found helped him map a little-known chapter of history in the American slave trade.

Hear about the insights Jordan gleaned from those long lost papers on this edition of Two Way Street.