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"Powerful is an inadequate word to describe the impact of Katrina Browne’s “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North,” an examination of her forebears, the DeWolf family of Bristol, Rhode Island, the largest slave traders in U.S. history."
The screening will be followed by reflection and discussion.
In the acclaimed feature documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide. The first two-thirds of the film delivers the historical shocks and often painful insights. The final third, and most important part of the film, shows the family galvanized to action, in their own church, which bears a heavy responsibility for its support of the trade, and in other political arenas.
The film’s key point is that the nation can no longer afford collective silence and willed amnesia about slavery. It must confront these issues if race relations are ever going to progress in the U.S. “Traces of the Trade” is a place to start.
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