Thursday, September 25, 7:30 p.m., in Herter Hall 227.
Shown in commemoration of the bicentennial of U.S. abolition of the slave trade.
UPDATE: Holly Fulton and her husband Bill Peebles will be in attendance to introduce and discuss the film!
Please click here for more information on Holly Fulton.
From the filmmakers: “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.”
Please click here for more information on Traces of the Trade.
UPDATE: Read Mike King’s comments on the recent screening and discussion: “The imperfect process of recording history has a tendency to develop a selective memory and ignore the darkest little secrets – though some are not so little. Descriptions of the early years of the American republic noted in textbooks and classrooms tend to focus on the United States’ gradual development into a world power. Yet one of the primary drivers of its contemporary economic and social circumstances is categorically ignored: slavery and the international slave trade. The film, “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North,” directly attacks such historical inaccuracies. The pursuant discussion, conducted by Holly Fulton (one of the film’s participants) and her husband Bill Peebles, after the documentary’s viewing broached a series of wide-ranging historical and social topics…” READ MORE
Mike King is BA candidate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst