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Rhode Island’s slavery perpetuator

April 10, 2014

In post-Revolutionary War America, a society freed from its British overloads had to engage in much introspection regarding its own laws on human rights issues, namely slavery. James DeWolf, however, cared not for the lives of his slaves, becoming one of the budding nation’s most notorious traders. Cynthia Mestad Johnson, a U.S. history teacher in California and graduate of California State University, has researched the life and times of this despicable slave trader from Bristol in her latest book, “James DeWolf and the Rhode Island Slave Trade.”

For the rest of this story and more news, pick up a copy of your local Southern Rhode Island newspaper.


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