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

ISBN-10: 0807072826
ISBN-13: 9780807072820
Edition: 2008
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Description: A trailblazing memoir about one familys 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 United States history,  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 1/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

A trailblazing memoir about one familys 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 United States history, responsible for transporting at least 10,000 Africans. His ancestor, U.S. senator James DeWolf of Bristol, Rhode Island, continued in the trade after it was outlawed, dying the second-richest man in America in 1837. Thomas DeWolf's cousin Katrina Browne produced and directed the documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, which follows her, Thomas, and eight other family members as they retrace their ancestors'steps through the notorious triangle trade route-from New England to West Africa to Cuba. The film premiered in the documentary competition of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, and Inheriting the Trade is Thomas's powerful memoir of their life-altering journey. DeWolfs intimate confrontation with white Americas unearned privilege sears the conscience. Kirkus Reviews This soul-searching memoir . . . promotes conversation about truth of the past and its impact on the present. Publishers Weekly Required reading for anyone interested in reconciliation. Myrlie Evers-Williams, civil rights leader and author of The Autobiography of Medgar Evers Inheriting the Trade is like a slow motion mash up, a first-person view from within one of the countrys founding families as it splinters, then puts itself back together again. Edward Ball, author of Slaves in the Family

Thomas Norman DeWolf was born in California and educated at the University of Oregon. He served as city councilor, county commissioner, and for nine years on the Oregon Arts Commission. His years of public service focused on literacy, children's issues, and restorative justice. A member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, he lives with his wife in Oregon.

Family Tree
Preface
Growing Up White
"Frail limb'd, well fed, and speaks good English"
"So let all thine enemies perish, O Lord!"
The Great Folks
"I tremble for my country..."
Akwaaba
"Under a Patchwork of Scars"
The Door of No Return
"I have to do it every day"
Gye Nyame
The Middle Passage
La Habana
"Our Nice Protestant Selves"
Arca de Noe
In the Fishbowl
My Harvard Education
Repairing the Breach
Sankofa
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Notes

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