Monday, March 13, 2006

An American Tragedy

The Providence Journal is publishing a remarkable series this week that digs deeply into Rhode Island's past and describes the state's role in the slave trade. "The Unrighteous Traffick" by Paul Davis shows how the state's plantation owners used slaves to farm their fields, its Newport traders shipped 100,000 men, women and children from Africa and into slavery in the American colonies and the West Indies, and its leading businessmen, including the founders of Brown University, profited from the trade. Frieda Squires' photos and the Frank Gerardi's illustrations add to the power of this series.


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