Inheriting the Trade

Thomas DeWolf talked about his book Inheriting the Trade: A Northern Family Confronts Its Legacy as the Largest Slave-Trading Dynasty in U.S. History,… read more

Thomas DeWolf talked about his book Inheriting the Trade: A Northern Family Confronts Its Legacy as the Largest Slave-Trading Dynasty in U.S. History, published by Beacon Press. Thomas DeWolf discovered that he was the descendent of the most successful slave trading dynasty in America. When his ancestor Senator James DeWolf died in 1837 he was reportedly the second-richest man in America. Thomas DeWolf’s cousin, Katrina Browne, produced and directed a documentary feature film, Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North in which she, Mr. DeWolf, and eight other cousins traveled to Bristol, Rhode Island, the home of Senator James DeWolf, and to West Africa and Cuba to confront their family’s past and the history of the slave trade in the North. This memoir recounts their journey. He responded to questions from members of the audience.

Thomas Norman DeWolf served on the Oregon Arts Commission and as a local elected official in Oregon. close

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Inheriting the Trade

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Program ID:
198571-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Speech
Location:
Bristol, Rhode Island, United States
First Aired:
Jan 19, 2008 | 12:49pm EST | C-SPAN 2
Last Aired:
Aug 30, 2008 | 1:29pm EDT | C-SPAN 2

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  • Jan 19, 2008 | 12:49pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 20, 2008 | 12:42am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Feb 17, 2008 | 1:08am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Aug 30, 2008 | 1:29pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
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