David Bales's Reviews > Inheriting the Trade: A Northern Family Confronts Its Legacy as the Largest Slave-Trading Dynasty in U.S. History

Inheriting the Trade by Thomas Norman DeWolf
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Jan 27, 2011

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A somewhat interesting book by Thomas DeWolf, a former county commissioner from Bend, Oregon who discovers that his ancestors, the DeWolfes of Rhode Island, were heavily involved in the slave trade. DeWolf is rather distantly related to the eastern half of his family--all Ivy Leaguers--but accompanies them to Ghana and Cuba in an attempt to make a documentary film about the subject; it has a lot of revelatory stuff about white people discovering their culpability in contemporary race difficulties and the like. The last quarter of the book is full of personal observations that border on douchery.

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