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  “His conclusions will be controversial, but DeWolf’s intimate confrontation with white America’s ‘unearned privilege’ sears the conscience."

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Media Coverage


Read articles in the press about Tom DeWolf and Inheriting the Trade, as well as a few written by Tom.

February 17, 2011. Tulsa World, Tulsa, Oklahoma. “U.S. Family’s slave trading built prominent empire” by Cary Aspinwall. This story was about Tom DeWolf’s presentation at the University of Tulsa, in advance of a series of appearances at Tulsa Community College.

January 29, 2011. The Detroit Free Press, Detroit, Michigan. “Five questions with Thomas Norman DeWolf” by Nancy Chipman-Powers. An interview in advance of Tom’s appearances at Schoolcraft College and Oakland Community College in eastern Michigan.

January/February 2011 APCA Student Activities Journal, Sevierville, Tennessee. “Racism: It’s All In Your Head” by Thomas Norman DeWolf. The article begins on page 10. This is the magazine of the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities.

October 2010, Response, the magazine of United Methodist Women. UMW selected Inheriting the Trade as one of the featured books in their 2011 Reading Program. Author Tom DeWolf is interviewed for the article “Family Roots” by Yvette Moore.

October 20, 2010, The Royal Gazette, published in Bermuda. “Descendant of slave-trader wants dialogue” by Jonathan Bell is a follow-up article to the October 12 article by Jessie Moniz. Bell’s article was written after Tom DeWolf spoke at the Bermuda Rotary Club luncheon on October 19.

October 12, 2010 The Royal Gazette, published in Bermuda. “The Slave Trade: A US Family Legacy” by Jessie Moniz, in connection with Tom DeWolf’s work in Bermuda October 18-21, 2010.

October 10, 2010, Blue and Gold, the student newspaper of Centralia College. “America’s Collective Secret” about Tom DeWolf’s Lyceum Series presentation at this Washington school on October 6.

September 24, 2010, Burke Patch, Burke, Virginia. “2010 Fall for the Book Author Event: Thomas DeWolf,” by Eric Spiegel. Article about Tom DeWolf’s appearance at Pohick Regional Library during the Fall for the Book festival.

March 9, 2010, Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, NY. “A family’s shameful heritage leads to truth,” by Mark Hare. Tom DeWolf met with Mr. Hare the day he spoke at Nazareth College.

January 29, 2010, Minority Reporter, Rochester, New York. “A Privileged Perspective,” by Jahaka Mindstorm. Author Tom DeWolf is interviewed by the Editor-in-Chief of the bi-weekly Rochester newspaper.

February 5, 2009, Our Weekly, Los Angeles, California. “Slave Traders: DeWolf Family,” by Natalie Cole, OW Publisher. Tom DeWolf is interviewed for this feature article in connection with the Pan African Film & Arts Festival, in which Traces of the Trade is featured.

Fall '08/Winter '09, PeaceBuilder Magazine, Harrisonburg, Virginia. "'No' to Cycle of Vengence," by Tom DeWolf. The article begins on page 5. PeaceBuilder is the official alumni magazine of Eastern Mennonite University's Center for Justice and Peacebuilding.

December 27, 2008, The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon). “Slavery in America: Let's face this national sin,” by Nikole Hannah-Jones. Marcus Rediker, author of The Slave Ship: A Human History, and Thomas DeWolf were interviewed about the passing of the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade in the United States almost without notice.

December 15, 2008, News Blaze (Folsom, California), “The Women Film Critics Circle Announces WFCC Awards 2008.” by Prairie Miller. Traces of the Trade has been named the best documentary in the “Courage in Filmmaking” category for 2008 by the Women Film Critics Circle.

June 19, 2008, L.A. Watts Times (California), "Author Discovers Close Ties to the Slave Trade," by Rosetta Riley. Front page story in weekly newspaper serving Los Angeles and surrounding areas.

May 31, 2008, Claremont Courier (California), "Pomona Native Confronts Shocking Ancestry," by Brenda Bolinger. Feature story in a newspaper from the area in which the author gew up in southern California.

April 3, 2008, Philadelphia City Paper, "Slavers in the Family," by Sam Adams. Interviews with Katrina Browne and Tom DeWolf about the family journey that resulted in the film Traces of the Trade, the book Inheriting the Trade, and the upcoming screenings of the film at the National Constitution Center on April 24 in Philadelphia as part of the ongoing Legacy of 1808 series of programs commemorating the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade.

February 21, 2008, Pittsburgh City Paper, Slaves to History,” by Bill O’Driscoll (includes quotations from Tom DeWolf in an article focused on Marcus Rediker, author of The Slave Ship, and the lack of awareness of the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade)

February 7, 2008, Denver Post, Inheriting the Trade makes #2 on local best-seller list, non-fiction, in Denver, Colorado

February 3, 2008, Providence Journal,The DeWolf Family Burden” by Paul Davis

January 29, 2008, Nugget Newspaper, Sisters, Oregon, “Author confronts slave trade heritage,” by Jim Cornelius

January 22, 2008, Philadelphia Inquirer,Prospering from Bondage,” by Carrie Rickey

January 15, 2008, Denver Post,Family wrestles slave-trade past

January 9, 2008, Washington D.C. City Paper article on Book Launch Event

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      Inheriting the Trade, by Thomas Norman DeWolf, is published by Beacon Press. Copyright 2007.