Thomas DeWolf, the author of Inheriting the Trade: A Northern Family Confronts Its Legacy as the Largest Slave-Trading Dynasty in U.S. History, was interviewed for BookCast by Fairfax County Public Library Director Sam Clay. BookCast is sponsored by Dominion Resources through the Fairfax Library Foundation.
His book is a companion-piece to an Emmy-nominated documentary, “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North.” The film will be shown prior to the author’s program at 1 p.m. on Sept. 22 in the Johnson Center Cinema on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University.
At the age of 41, DeWolf discovered that he was related to slave-traders who were responsible for transporting at least 10,000 African people to the Americas. His book, Inheriting the Trade, is the result of that discovery.
The book recounts the current-day DeWolf's experiences traveling with nine distant relatives on a life-altering journey through Rhode Island, Ghana and Cuba to film the Emmy-nominated documentary “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North.”
DeWolf is a graduate of both Northwest Christian College and the University of Oregon, and he has served on the Oregon Arts Commission for nine years and as a local elected official for 11.