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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (96 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Norman DeWolf Narrator: Thomas Norman DeWolf Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN:
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In 2001, at 47, 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, of 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.

Inheriting the Trade is Tom DeWolf's powerful and disarmingly honest memoir of the journey in which 10 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 200 years, but the vast majority of all slave trading in America was done by Northerners.

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. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 2/7/2014

    " Wow. This is an amazing story that I first learned about watching the documentary entitled "Traces of the Trade" which was brought to my attention because Roger Miller from the seminar post-punk band "Mission of Burma" composed the score for the film! And I learned about the documentary because it begins in a neighboring town to where I live. It's hard to believe that people who lived in Bristol, RI were involved with the slave trade but they were and this is their story. I would suggest reading or listening to this story to anyone but especially adults who feel as I do that the United States history we were taught in public schools over 25 years ago is rather incomplete. Yes, we learned about the Triangle Trade but did we know that the ship owners were from the North. I feel that we always associate slaves and slavery in this country with being a Southern problem. This book will open your eyes to the reality of the past. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 1/19/2014

    " As a white USA born female, this book made me examine how I am privileged, how I currently use that privilege and what I could do differently. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 1/9/2014

    " This is a memoir of one man's journey with his cousins, all descendants of slave-traders in Rhode Island, to understand their family's disturbing past. The author illuminated the implications of history I knew almost nothing about as he grappled with the discovery of ongoing damage resulting from our country's tragic legacy of slavery. Well worth reading! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna | 1/3/2014

    " This is a rough book to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn Varuzza | 12/31/2013

    " I just started reading this book. It is very interesting. I had no clue that the North was so involved in the slave trade. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 12/16/2013

    " Interesting true story of a modern day extended family coming to grips with the fact that their ancestors in Rhode Island made their living in the slave trade. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Toni | 12/8/2013

    " Another author that my grandma knows through her community connections. The research that went into this book sounds very intriguing and makes me want to read about this controversial subject. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 7/8/2013

    " This book presented a great depiction of several aspects of the slave trade in the 1800s. It was a bit slow, but I think that is due more to the nature of the topic than the writer's ability. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy | 6/18/2013

    " Excellent book. Look for the movie by another family member: Tracing the Trade. It's now showing at Sundance "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran | 11/6/2012

    " an upsetting and scary book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shadowblk | 8/29/2012

    " Interesting foray into the difficult topic of white privilege. I also think his cousin's documentary Traces of the Trade are an excellent starting point to begin discussions and perhaps increase understanding for both blacks and whites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Missy Cunningham | 8/21/2012

    " Very enlightening. Although I never considered myself prejudiced by any means, this made me look at my upbringing and just my way of life in a whole diffent light. No matter how openminded you think yoiu are, this book just may surprise you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 7/18/2012

    " Ten descendants of a nineteenth century slave trading family retrace the triangle trade route and discuss modern American racism while making a film about the experience. We all have something to learn from them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Missy | 1/30/2011

    " Very enlightening. Although I never considered myself prejudiced by any means, this made me look at my upbringing and just my way of life in a whole diffent light. No matter how openminded you think yoiu are, this book just may surprise you.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shadowblk | 6/6/2010

    " Interesting foray into the difficult topic of white privilege. I also think his cousin's documentary Traces of the Trade are an excellent starting point to begin discussions and perhaps increase understanding for both blacks and whites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 9/11/2009

    " I just started reading this book. It is very interesting. I had no clue that the North was so involved in the slave trade. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alison | 2/19/2009

    " I'm interested in the idea, but found the writing pretty blah.

    I'll try to finish skimming it at a later date....and maybe write my own version. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran | 2/10/2009

    " an upsetting and scary book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 1/6/2009

    " Most blacks know their history, but many whites may know and not want to talk about it, but not this author, Thomas Norman Dewolf.
    He shows how blacks and whites view situations like a glass of water. It is half full or half empty? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 6/27/2008

    " This book presented a great depiction of several aspects of the slave trade in the 1800s. It was a bit slow, but I think that is due more to the nature of the topic than the writer's ability. "

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