2009 will surely be remembered as a year chock-full of “teachable moments” about race in the United States. Our nation’s first black president nominated the first Hispanic woman to the Supreme Court. Charges of racism in connection with both a Philadelphia swim club’s banning of a minority day care center’s children from their pool and with Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates’s arrest both made headlines. Add the birther, reparations, and Nazi conspiracy theories being tossed about at health care town hall meetings and it is clear that issues of race, gender, and privilege continue to impact us all. The need for deeper conversations about diversity, tolerance, and justice in the United States could not be more timely or important.
Author Thomas Norman DeWolf (Inheriting The Trade: A Northern Family Confronts Its Legacy as the Largest Slave-Trading Dynasty in U.S. History, Beacon Press) has led-and participated in-conversations about “race” at colleges, universities, middle and high schools, the National Constitution Center, bookstores, book fairs, libraries, museums, churches, film festivals, and social justice conferences across the nation. Tom can be seen on Book TV and The Early Show on CBS.
Tom is now traveling the internet on his first virtual tour (coordinated by Stephanie Barko, Literary Publicist) to meet-online-people interested in honest and meaningful conversations about race in America. He’ll discuss his book, the Emmy-nominated film of his family’s journey Traces of the Trade, aspects of American history that have been deliberately hidden, and the impact that the trauma of historic slavery continues to have on all of us today. Tom’s interest in history is in how it informs the present and can illuminate a path toward healing and a more hopeful future.
To read more about Tom DeWolf and Inheriting the Trade, visit the other stops on his virtual tour. There are guest posts, author chats, and giveaways at the following sites:
- Curled Up with a Good Book
- Book Blips
- Powell’s Blog
- The Author’s Assistant
- Audio Book Stand
- Beth’s Book Review Blog