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

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

by Thomas Norman DeWolf

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Overview

A trailblazing memoir about one family’s quest to face its slave-trading past, and an urgent call for reconciliation
 
In 2001, Thomas DeWolf discovered that he was related to the most successful slave-trading family in U.S. history, responsible for transporting at least ten thousand Africans. This is his memoir of the journey in which ten family members retraced their ancestors' steps through the notorious triangle trade route—from New England to West Africa to Cuba—and uncovered the hidden history of New England and the other northern states.
 
A difficult but necessary examination of the slave trade, racism, and privilege in the United States, Inheriting the Trade is a powerful call for white America to reassess what they have been taught about their own ancestors, about slavery and wealth, and about America both past and present.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807072820
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 02/01/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Thomas Norman DeWolf is the author of Inheriting the Trade and co-author (with Sharon Leslie Morgan) of Gather at the Table. He is featured in the Emmy-nominated documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and aired on the acclaimed PBS series POV. DeWolf speaks regularly about healing from the legacy of slavery and racism at colleges, conferences, and workshops throughout the United States.

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