Inheriting the Trade

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2009-01-01
  • Publisher: Beacon Press
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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.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Family Treep. VIII
Prefacep. XI
Growing Up Whitep. 1
"Frail limb'd, well fed, and speaks good English"p. 12
"So let all thine enemies perish, O Lord!"p. 30
The Great Folksp. 39
"I tremble for my country..."p. 55
Akwaabap. 71
"Under a Patchwork of Scars"p. 91
The Door of No Returnp. 110
"I have to do it every day"p. 121
Gye Nyamep. 132
The Middle Passagep. 146
La Habanap. 155
"Our Nice Protestant Selves"p. 169
Arca de Noep. 182
In the Fishbowlp. 197
My Harvard Educationp. 209
Repairing the Breachp. 219
Sankofap. 230
Afterwordp. 241
Acknowledgmentsp. 252
Notesp. 257
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