Black People : The largest slave-trading family in U.S. history

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  1. OldSoul

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    Traces of the Trade

    In Traces of the Trade, Producer/Director Katrina Browne tells the story of her forefathers, the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. Given the myth that the South is solely responsible for slavery, viewers will be surprised to learn that Browne's ancestors were Northerners. The film follows Browne and nine fellow family members on a remarkable journey which brings them face-to-face with the history and legacy of New England's hidden enterprise.
    From 1769 to 1820, DeWolf fathers, sons and grandsons trafficked in human beings. They sailed their ships from Bristol, Rhode Island to West Africa with rum to trade for African men, women and children. Captives were taken to plantations that the DeWolfs owned in Cuba or were sold at auction in such ports as Havana and Charleston. Sugar and molasses were then brought from Cuba to the family-owned rum distilleries in Bristol. Over the generations, the family owned 47 ships that transported thousands of Africans across the Middle Passage into slavery. They amassed an enormous fortune. By the end of his life, James DeWolf had been a U.S. Senator and was reportedly the second richest man in the United States.
    The enslavement of Africans was business for more than just the DeWolf family. It was a cornerstone of Northern commercial life. The Triangle Trade drove the economy of many port cities (Rhode Island had the largest share in the trade of any state), and slavery itself existed in the North for over 200 years. Northern textile mills used slave-picked cotton from the South to fuel the Industrial Revolution, while banks and insurance companies played a key role throughout the period. While the DeWolfs were one of only a few "slaving" dynasties, the network of commercial activities that they were tied to involved an enormous portion of the Northern population. Many citizens, for example, would buy shares in slave ships in order to make a profit.
    The film follows ten DeWolf descendants (ages 32-71, ranging from sisters to seventh cousins) as they retrace the steps of the Triangle Trade, visiting the DeWolf hometown of Bristol, Rhode Island, slave forts on the coast of Ghana, and the ruins of a family plantation in Cuba. Browne pushes the family forward as they struggle through the minefield of race politics. Back home, the family confronts the thorny topic of what to do now. In the context of growing calls for reparations for slavery, family members struggle with the question of how to think about and contribute to "repair." Meanwhile, Browne and her family come closer to the core: their love/hate relationship with their own Yankee culture and privileges; the healing and transformation needed not only "out there," but inside themselves.
    The issues the DeWolf descendants are confronted with dramatize questions that apply to the nation as a whole: What, concretely, is the legacy of slavery—for diverse whites, for diverse blacks, for diverse others? Who owes who what for the sins of the fathers of this country? What history do we inherit as individuals and as citizens? How does Northern complicity change the equation? What would repair—spiritual and material—really look like and what would it take?

     
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    Hey good post

    His book is on my reading list this summer cant wait to get to it. Its called


    Inheriting the trade; a northern family confronts its legacy.... by Thomas Norman Dewolf.
     
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    Yep. The first slaves were brought to America on the upper east coast.


    It was later that southern slave ports on the Atlantic Ocean and the Mississippi River became active and profitable.


    But, hey!....They did ask the question, "What to do now?"



    ....In a word....REPARATIONS! :em2300:
     
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    If you read Walter Rodney's "How Europe Underdeveloped Africa", you will find out for everything its worth, that the north actually benefited more than the south even though it had no plantations....slavery was the evolvement of 'Capitalism', and the birth of what was to become the social, and economic power which gives the pale skin its advantages today......yet they love to try and shed light on the 'abolitionist' of the north and 'John Brown', to try and curry favor for anti-reparation rhetoric...

    If young brothers and sisters were to research correctly and learn the whole truth regarding the civil war, and this falsified thats bandied about to them in abraham lincolnthey will come to find out that the war was never fought to end slavery, and it was only fought to keep southern amerikkka from seceding, and essentially keep their capitalist economic system in place, for the trans atlantic slave trade enriched the north and the south eventually, and the majority of europe....

    But instead our young brothers and sisters minds are being manipulated each generation....its the time to free them now...

    http://www.marxists.org/subject/africa/rodney-walter/how-europe/index.htm
     
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    Thank you for that book suggestion.

    However, you are mistaken about no plantations in the North.

    During the early years of the Atlantic Slave Trade, Africans were brought to America through Northern seaports long before the southern seaports like Savannah and New Orleans and others.

    So, NJ, NY, MA and other New England states did have slave plantations.

    The U.S. banned the IMPORTATION of slaves in 1808; and by the time of the Civil War, most northern states had abolished slavery within their statehoods.

    But from the 1600s through the early 1800s, northern states did have working and breeding slave plantations.
     
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    ...Were jews.

    Reference:

    "The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews"

    by the NOI (Historical research department)
     
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    http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/2457/

    Thank you for that tidbit, i probably should've said not as many as the south.....all in all though the benefits reaped and doled out have created the system that is in place in amerikkka today, and it was done through the blood, and sweat of mostly africans.......
     
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    No wonder the Jewish controlled government is so against reparations.. They stand to lose the most.
     
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