Filmmaker Uncovers Her Family’s Shocking Slave-Trading History, Urges Americans to Explore Own Roots

Democracy Now!

Oct 30, 2013

As we continue our conversation on slavery we are joined by a woman who uncovered that her ancestors were the largest slave trading family in U.S. history. Katrina Browne documented her roots in the film, “Traces of the Trade: A Story From the Deep North” which revealed how her family, based in Rhode Island, was once the largest slave trading family in U.S. history. After the film aired on PBS in 2008, Browne went on to found the Tracing Center on Histories and Legacies of Slavery. We speak to Browne and Craig Steven Wilder, author of the new book, “Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery and the Troubled History of America’s Universities.”

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