Traces of the Trade

Topics: Atlantic slave trade, Slavery, African slave trade Pages: 4 (1217 words) Published: April 7, 2012
races of the TradeTraces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North In the 2008, documentary film, "Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North," written, co-produced, and co-directed by, Katrina Browne. Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave traders in American history. She learned about her dreadful past when her grandmother compiled their family history. She discovered unbeknownst to her that she had been exposed to her family's ugly secrets during childhood. Whilst reciting her favorite family nursery rhyme "Adjua and Pauledore" which was really about slave children. Slave children, her fifth great grandfather, James DeWolf, had given his wife for Christmas one year. The poem concerning both Adjua and Pauledore can be found in "Inheriting the Trade" and also taken from "Mount Hope: a New England Chronicle" by George Howe and is as follows: "Adjua and Pauledore

sitting on the cellar door;
Pauledore and Adjua;
sitting in the cellar way!
down fell the cellar door,
bump went Pauledore;
Up flew the cellar way,
off blew Adjua! "

Moreover, Browne’s ancestors used their Bristol distillery to make rum, which they traded for African’s they captured off the coast of Africa. Their ships, loaded with rum and other goods, would then take their human cargos across the Middle Passage to ports in the Caribbean or South to the United States. There, they would sell the slaves and often buy cargos of sugar cane, molasses and other goods produced with slave labor to bring north to markets in New England. Distillers in the northeast would then make rum from the sugar cane, which in turn could be sold in Africa for more slaves. For Browne’s slave trade documentary, she contacted two hundred DeWolf descendants. Browne said, only one hundred and forty of the two hundred relatives she contacted for the documentary responded. Many expressed concerns, including worries activists might demand reparations. And, one was worried about what his...
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