Fri 1 Feb, 2008
Tags: Media coverage, Providence, Rhode Island
Paul Davis, the Providence Journal writer who has previously chronicled Traces of the Trade and the history of the slave trade in Rhode Island, has a new feature story about Tom DeWolf’s Inheriting the Trade: A Northern Family Confronts Its Legacy as the Largest Slave-Trading Family in U.S. History in Sunday’s edition (available online now).
As we’ve come to expect from Paul, the story is historically rich and consistently well-written. While the publication of the book last month is the hook for the story, the article is devoted not only to the story of the family’s journey, but also to exploring the often underappreciated role of slavery and the slave trade in Rhode Island history itself.
Along the way, Paul provides an concise summary of Tom’s book which might as well have been part of the copy on the back of the jacket cover:
Although the book serves as a behind-the-scenes look at the film, it also offers something the film does not: a long deep look at one man’s interior journey. Mildly interested in the trip at first, DeWolf charts his every discomfort as he confronts harsh truths about his family, America and himself.