Traces of the Trade Resources on Dismantling Racism

We want to thank you for for your interest and for some of you attending the Traces of the Trade screening on February 26th, 2021.
These are some of the books that were discussed following the feature presentation.

  • Waking up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving

  • Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery by Anne Farrow, Joel Lang, and Jennifer Frank of The Hartford Courant

  • Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

  • Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

We also received some recommendations from Dain and Constance Perry, the presenters of the film. You can find their recommendations below.


  • Inheriting the Trade, by Thomas N. DeWolf
  • Gathering at the Table, by Thomas Norman DeWolf and Sharon Morgan
  • The Hairstons: An American Family in Black and White, by Henry Weincek
  • White Like Me: Reflections on Race From a Privileged Son, by Tim Wise
  • The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
  • Understanding and Dismantling Racism: The 21st Century Challenge to White America, by Joseph Barndt
  • The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander
  • When Affirmative Action Was White, by Ira Katznelson
  • Post -Traumatic Slave Syndrome, by Joy DeGruy 
  • Between The World And Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Waking Up White, by Debbie Irving
  • White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo
  • Four Hundred Souls, edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain
  • The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson
  • Caste, by Isabel Wilkerson


  • Traces of the Trade: A Story From the Deep North
  • Something The Lord Made, by HBO
  • Remember the Titans
  • The Color of Fear, by Lee Mun Wah
  • True Colors, ABC News Documentary
  • 13th
  • Power of an Illusion


  • Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, by Penny McIntosh
  • See Baby Discriminate, Newsweek, September 14, 2009


  • The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro, by Frederick Douglas, 1852
  • Letter from a Birmingham Jail, by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1963
  • We The People, In Order to Form a More Perfect Union, by Barack Obama 2008

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Thank you again for joining us and participating in important conversations.

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