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Inheriting the Trade: A Northern Family Confronts Its Legacy as the Largest Slave-Trading Dynasty in U.S. History

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In 2001, at forty-seven, Thomas DeWolf was astounded to discover that he was related to the most successful slave-trading family in American history, responsible for transporting at least 10,000 Africans to the Americas. His infamous ancestor, U.S. senator James DeWolf of Bristol, Rhode Island, curried favor with President Jefferson to continue in the trade after it was outlawed. When James DeWolf died in 1837, he was the second-richest man in America.When Katrina Browne, Thomas DeWolf's cousin, learned about their family's history, she resolved to confront it head-on, producing and directing a documentary feature film, Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North.Inheriting the Trade is Tom DeWolf's powerful and disarmingly honest memoir of the journey in which ten family members retraced the steps of their ancestors and uncovered the hidden history of New England and the other northern states. Their journey through the notorious Triangle Trade - from New England to West Africa to Cuba - proved life-altering, forcing DeWolf to face the horrors of slavery directly for the first time. It also inspired him to contend with the complicated legacy that continues to affect black and white Americans, Africans, and Cubans today.Inheriting the Trade reveals that the North's involvement in slavery was as common as the South?s. Not only were black people enslaved in the North for over two hundred years, but the vast majority of all slave trading in America was done by northerners. Remarkably, half of all North American voyages involved in the slave trade originated in Rhode Island, and all the northern states benefited.With searing candor, DeWolf tackles both the internal and external challenges of his journey - writing frankly about feelings of shame, white male privilege, the complicity of churches, America's historic amnesia regarding slavery - and our nation's desperate need for healing. An urgent call for meaningful and honest dialogue, Inheriting the Trade illuminates a path toward a more hopeful future and provides a persuasive argument that the legacy of slavery isn?t merely a southern issue but an enduring American one.?Tom DeWolf's deeply personal story, of his own journey as well as his family?s, is required reading for anyone interested in reconciliation. Healing from our historic wounds, which continue to separate us, requires us to walk this road together.? - Myrlie Evers-Williams, civil rights leader, chairman emeritus of the NAACP (1995-98), and author of The Autobiography of Medgar Evers, Watch Me Fly, and For Us, the Living?Inheriting the Trade is like a slow-motion mash-up, a first-person view from within one of the country's founding families as it splinters, then puts itself back together again.? - Edward Ball, author of Slaves in the Family

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"Written and narrated by DeWolf, a descendant of one of the largest slave-trading families in the history of the U.S., this tale is an account of his own struggles to comprehend the bloodied past while confronting it head-on. Despite his inexperience, DeWolf's reading is concise and firm, never wavering as he relates the tragic tale or distancing himself from its weighty reality. Offering believable, sympathetic characters throughout, DeWolf seems a seasoned narrative professional and never falls into self-indulgence, doing this amazing story justice. Simultaneous release with the Beacon Press hardcover (Reviews, Oct. 22)." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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After Thomas DeWolf and his cousin, Katrina Browne, learned about their familys history of slave-trading, Browne produced and directed a documentary feature film in which she, Tom, and eight other family members retraced the steps of their ancestors and uncovered the hidden history of New England and the other northern states. Unabridged. 8 CDs.

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Great read and unbelievably HONEST!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781423350644
Author:
Dewolf, Thomas Norman
Publisher:
Brilliance Corporation
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Slavery
Subject:
History
Subject:
Slave-trade
Subject:
United States - Antebellum Era
Subject:
United States - State & Local - New England
Subject:
New england
Subject:
Slave traders - New England
Subject:
General-General
Publication Date:
20080131
Binding:
Compact Disc
Language:
English
Dimensions:
6.99x5.35x1.06 in. .42 lbs.
Media Run Time:
540

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Sociology » Slavery
History and Social Science » US History » 19th Century
History and Social Science » World History » General

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Written and narrated by DeWolf, a descendant of one of the largest slave-trading families in the history of the U.S., this tale is an account of his own struggles to comprehend the bloodied past while confronting it head-on. Despite his inexperience, DeWolf's reading is concise and firm, never wavering as he relates the tragic tale or distancing himself from its weighty reality. Offering believable, sympathetic characters throughout, DeWolf seems a seasoned narrative professional and never falls into self-indulgence, doing this amazing story justice. Simultaneous release with the Beacon Press hardcover (Reviews, Oct. 22)." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , After Thomas DeWolf and his cousin, Katrina Browne, learned about their familys history of slave-trading, Browne produced and directed a documentary feature film in which she, Tom, and eight other family members retraced the steps of their ancestors and uncovered the hidden history of New England and the other northern states. Unabridged. 8 CDs.
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