Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North

 

Director: Katrina Browne, Alla Kovgan and Jude Ray
Countries: USA
Year: 2008
Running Time: 86 min.
Language: English

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Katrina Browne uncovers her New England family’s deep involvement in the slave trade and, in so doing, reveals the pivotal role slavery played in the growth of the whole American economy. The film follows Browne and nine fellow family members as they retrace the steps of the Triangle Trade, visiting Bristol, Rhode Island, slave forts on the coast of Ghana, and the ruins of the family’s former plantation in Cuba. Back home, the Browne family confronts the thorny topic of what to do now, in the context of growing calls for reparations for slavery.