Thomas Norman DeWolf

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Thomas Norman DeWolf is an author, public speaker and trainer, and serves as Executive Director of Coming to the Table. He is a certified trainer for Infinite Possibilities: The Art of Changing Your Life

Tom's new book, The Little Book of Racial Healing , co-authored with Jodie Geddes, will be published by Skyhorse in January 2019.

Tom is co-author, with Sharon Leslie Morgan of Gather at the Table , published by Beacon Press in October 2012.

Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate calls it, "an honest exploration into the deep social wounds left by racism, violence, and injustice."

Tom's first book is Inheriting the Trade (Beacon Press, 2008). Harry Smith, anchor of The Early Show on CBS said, "I cannot recommend it highly enough. The book i
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Inheriting the Trade: A Nor...

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Inheriting the Trade: A Northern Family Confronts Its Legacy as the Largest Slave Trading Dynasty in U.S. History (Biographies & Memoirs)
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Description: In 2001, at age forty-seven, 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 ancestor, U.S. senator James DeWolf of Bristol, Rhode Island, curried favor with President Thomas 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 ten 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 two hundred years, but the vast majority of all slave-trading in America was done by northerners. Remarkably, half of all North American voyages involved in the slave trade originated in Rhode Island, and all the northern states benefited. 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.

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Little Man, Little Man by James Baldwin
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How wonderful that this 40-year old, out-of-print story from James Baldwin would be re-issued now, including a Foreword written by his nephew (and inspiration for this story) and an Afterword written by his niece. A slice of life about a young Africa ...more
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Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini
Sea Prayer
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This powerful little book opens with a dedication, "to the thousands of refugees who have perished at sea fleeing war and persecution." It closes with, "Sea Prayer was inspired by the story of Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian refugee who drowned ...more
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The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
The Invention of Wings
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First, this is a powerful, couldn't-put-it-down historical novel set in the early 18th century, filled with anguish, conflict, and moral dilemmas that are universal, filled with characters who are compelling and deeply relatable. It was recommended a ...more
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Twenty Days with Julian and Little Bunny by Papa by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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This little book was recommended to me by a literary agent I met at the Writers Digest Conference I attended in New York City in August 2018. Nathaniel Hawthorne is remembered for his classics The Scarlett Letter and The House of the Seven Gables. Wh ...more
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Fearless Jones by Walter Mosley
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Since hearing Walter Mosely speak at the 2018 Writers Digest Conference in New York, and speaking with him after his presentation, I'm on a mini-Mosley reading adventure. This is my second Mosley in the past few weeks, and when I return it to the lib ...more
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A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived by Adam Rutherford
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I don't recall how I came upon this book, or what inspired me to read it... DNA, science, genome project... written by a PhD academic-type? Definitely not my cup of tea... or so I thought. Having a definite interest in genealogy, epigenetics, and hum ...more
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Mindful of Race by Ruth King
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This is such a beautiful, essential book for everyone committed to undoing racism. Having been involved for more than a decade with Coming to the Table (which provides leadership, resources, and a supportive environment for all who wish to acknowledg ...more
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Down the River Unto the Sea by Walter Mosley
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Walter Mosley gave the keynote presentation at the Writers Digest Conference in New York City. I met him after and got my copy of Workin on the Chain Gang signed. Loved every moment of that evening (and the conference). Such an inspiring writer. When ...more
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The Art of the Wasted Day by Patricia Hampl
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Over the past few years it seems the perfect books have come into my life at the perfect time. This is one such book... now in my mid-60's, I ponder a lot more than before (and I've always pondered quite a bit)... seeking "meaning" more than "things, ...more
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“We all inherit damage from the past. We spread it like a virus and don't generally think about it.”
Thomas Norman DeWolf, Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade

“The lessons are in the quest. The answers are found in the journey. These are ripples on a pond. They spread outward. And on we walk...”
Thomas Norman DeWolf, Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade

“Today's youth cannot escape the shadow of racism that has been passed down organically from parents and others who cling to a distorted image of American history, one informed by, and articulated from, a worldview permeated by white privilege. [sic], these biases are so hardwired that most of us have no idea how quickly and automatically they kick in and how enduring they can be.”
Thomas Norman DeWolf, Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade

“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It's a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”
Pema Chödrön, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

“Never depend upon institutions or government to solve any problem. All social movements are founded by, guided by, motivated and seen through by the passion of individuals. ”
Margaret Mead

435 History is Not Boring — 1984 members — last activity Sep 03, 2018 01:42PM
Why do people think history is boring? I don't get it.



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