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        Traces of the Trade: The History and Legacy of U.S. Slavery

        This lesson plan is designed to be used with the film, Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, which shows one family's journey to come to terms with its roots as the largest slave-trading family in the history of the United States. Classrooms can use this lesson to explore the history and legacy of U.S. slavery and whether or not reparations should be made to the descendants of slaves.

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        Traces of the Trade: Ghana: Process of Entering Slavery (Clip 1 of 2)

        The first clip associated with the Traces of the Trade lesson plan shows filmmaker Katrina Browne and some members of her family — descendants of slave traders — traveling to Ghana to visit a place where captured Africans were brought and held before being sold as slaves. Students should discuss whether or not the descendants of those who benefited from slavery need to help repair the injustices and inequality that resulted from slavery. For another perspective on the trip to Ghana, read through Chapter 9 of Inheriting the Trade, Tom DeWolf's powerful and disarmingly honest memoir of the journey.

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        Traces of the Trade: Ideas for Reparations and Reconciliation (Clip 2 of 2)

        The second clip associated with the Traces of the Trade lesson plan shows descendants of slave traders talking about ideas for reparation and reconciliation. Students should discuss whether it is fair for the descendants of slave traders and owners to be held accountable for the actions of their ancestors.

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