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Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North

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PBS Premiere: June 24, 2008


First-time filmmaker Katrina Browne makes a troubling discovery — her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine fellow descendants set off to retrace the Triangle Trade: from their old hometown in Rhode Island to slave forts in Ghana to sugar plantation ruins in Cuba. Step by step, they uncover the vast extent of Northern complicity in slavery while also stumbling through the minefield of contemporary race relations. In this bicentennial year of the U.S. abolition of the slave trade, Traces of the Trade offers powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide. An official selection of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

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TAGS: african american, race, reparations, slavery, white privilege

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Film Information

Traces of the Trade (90 min.)

Premiere Date: June 24, 2008

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Filmmaker: Katrina Browne Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Fact Sheet | Critical Acclaim | Press Release


Katrina Browne
Katrina Browne

I was shocked again when I realized that instead of being the exception, the DeWolfe family was just the tip of the iceberg of the vast complicity to slavery in New England.”

— Katrina Browne


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Critical Acclaim

A far-reaching personal documentary examination of the slave trade. . . . The implications of the film are devastating.”

— Stephen Holden, The New York Times

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