Traces of the Trade

A Story From the Deep North

DVD - 2008
Traces of the Trade
Katrina Browne makes a troubling discovery-- her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine fellow descendants set off to retrace the Triangle Trade: from their old hometown in Rhode Island to slave forts in Ghana to sugar plantation ruins in Cuba. Step by step, they uncover the vast extent of Northern complicity in slavery while also navigating their way through the minefield of contemporary race relations.

Publisher: San Francisco, CA : California Newsreel, c2008
Branch Call Number: DVD 303.362 TRACES
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (86 min.) :,sd., col. with b&w sequences ;,4 3/4 in


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This is a documentary about the DeWolf family which made enormous sums of money in the African slave trade in the 18th century. The modern descendants of the family travel across the Atlantic to understand their family’s responsibility for slavery.

A courageous woman examines the implications of her family’s slave holding past. You can't get this one on Netflix, but it is available at the Multnomah County Library!

This film is not available on Netflix. A courageous woman examines the implications of her family's slave holding past. This film debunks the myth that the North was not profoundly and intricately involved in slavery.

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