We interviewed Professor Charles Ogletree of Harvard Law School for Traces of the Trade, in which he provides a sobering assessment of race in our society today, as well as one of the film’s most popular and light-hearted lines. Professor Ogletree, who is a leading figure in the reparations movement and executive director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, has offered the following thoughts about Inheriting the Trade:

Inheriting the Trade is a candid, powerful and insightful book about how one family dealt with the infamous slave trade. This book is jarring in its candor, and revealing in its honest assessment of slavery and the Dewolf family. We must read important books like this one, if we dare to appreciate every aspect of our history, and as the Dewolf family does, dare to change our judgments about the wretched history of slavery.”

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