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The descendants of slave traders talk about ideas for reparation and reconciliation.

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First-time filmmaker Katrina Browne talks about the "unfinished business" of slavery in the United States and what she hopes viewers will take away from her film.


First-time filmmaker Katrina Browne makes a troubling discovery — her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history.

  • Updated on April 23, 2014

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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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