Saltwater Slavery & “Traces of the Trade”
- What are your thoughts on Smallwood’s two chapters?
- What does she mean that the trade “transform[ed] independent beings into human commodities? How does she describe this process, and how did it operate both off and on the slave ship?
- How is this story presented in “Traces of the Trade” different than the one you generally learn about slavery and the slave trade?
- How does the story presented in this film speak to the story Hartman tells, particularly the question of inheritance?
R- Readings: How to End the Slavery Blame-Game – The New York Times; When It Comes to the Slave Trade, All Guilt Is Not Equal; When It Comes to the Slave Trade; How to Apologize for Slavery; Congress Apologizes for Slavery, Jim Crow; Charleston Apologizes for City’s Role in Slave Trade; Charleston’s apology for slavery is just empty symbolism.