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Writers’ Sanctuary with Kim McMillon

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Writers’ Sanctuary Presents Author Thomas Norman DeWolf & Comedian Donald Lacy Hosted by Kim McMillon Tuesday, January 5, 2010 , 12 noon – 2 PM, PST http://www.blogtalkradio.com/onword/page/3 Writers’ Sanctuary is sponsored by the Moe Green Poetry Hour (San Francisco, CA), January 5, 2010 --- Writers’ Sanctuary presents a special program which looks at issues of racism past and present in America. Thomas Norman DeWolf, the author of Inheriting the Trade: A Northern Family Confronts Its Legacy as the Largest Slave-Trading Dynasty in U.S. History, and Donald Lacy, the creator of the one-man show COLORSTRUCK will discuss America’s legacy of racism on Writers’ Sanctuary, Tuesday, January 5th. Thomas DeWolf’s interview will take place from 12 PM – 1 PM, with Donald Lacy speaking from 1 PM – 2 PM, PST. In 2001, at age forty-seven, Thomas Norman DeWolf was astounded to discover that he was related to the most successful slave-trading family in United States history, responsible for transporting at least 10,000 Africans to the Americas. His infamous ancestor, U.S. Senator James DeWolf of Bristol, Rhode Island, curried favor with President Thomas Jefferson to continue in the trade after it was outlawed. When James DeWolf died in 1837 he was reportedly the second-richest man in America. When Katrina Browne, Tom DeWolf’s distant cousin, learned about their family's history, she resolved to confront it head-on, producing and directing a documentary feature film, Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North. Inheriting the Trade is Tom DeWolf's powerful and disarmingly honest memoir of the journey in which ten family members retrace the steps of their ancestors and uncover the hidden history of New England and the other northern states.