Happy New Year – (or as we think of it, 282 days until pub date)

Posted January 1st, 2012 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

Welcome to 2012! Today is the first day of the year in which Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade will be published by Beacon Press. Sharon and I will spend most of this year preparing for (and anxiously anticipating) our book to […]

Occupy Wall Street!

Posted November 3rd, 2011 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

The United States has a long history of powerful, privileged people successfully dividing less-powerful and less-privileged people by race, class, gender, and other social constructs in order to protect their power and privilege. Over the past year the world has witnessed the less-powerful rising up in more than a dozen countries in what became known […]

Family Reunion

Posted August 3rd, 2011 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

I just returned from a family reunion. It was attended by people, old and young, who have been getting together for more than 30 years. I had never known any of them until we met this weekend at the Elliot School of International Studies at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  I was scheduled to […]

Founder’s Day

Posted July 10th, 2011 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

I spent a lovely day yesterday at the Founder’s Day Street Fair in the town in which I live. I volunteered to man (?) the information booth for the local chamber of commerce. I figured this would be a good way to meet my neighbors and begin to assimilate into the local community. It was […]

The Promised Land

Posted June 23rd, 2011 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

When I was a child, many of my friends were recent arrivals from the South whose families came north during “The Great Migration.” Those of us who were born in Chicago sometimes laughed at their funny accents and country ways. There were also many children who disappeared every summer. When school let out for vacation, […]

Should African Americans portray enslaved people at historic sites?

Posted June 16th, 2011 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

After posting Colonial Williamsburg: History on Steroids a few days ago, I received more comments on Facebook than for anything I’ve written in several months. In response to this statement, “it is often quite challenging to find people of color willing to act as interpreters for displays of enslaved people” one friend wrote: I would […]


Posted June 12th, 2011 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

Tom and I just arrived back in NY state after a grueling 22 day journey of  5,867 miles through 21 states. I am SO HAPPY to be back to the place I call home these days. Upon arrival, I leapt out of my Jeep with joy! After making sure my key still fit in the […]

Colonial Williamsburg: History on Steroids

Posted June 12th, 2011 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

Sharon and I decided to wrap up our three-week U.S. road trip with a visit to a couple of famous and significant sites that interpret the arrival of European and African people to the Virginia shore. We bought tickets ($35 each) to Colonial Williamsburg and intended to follow a day there with a visit to […]

Sarah Palin versus the National Park Service

Posted June 7th, 2011 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

It isn’t often that I intone the name of present-day political figures when I blog. I find that names like Barack Obama or Sarah Palin tend to elicit such emotional reactions from readers that the actual intent of the post is often lost as readers react with their feelings about the lightning-rod figure instead. Today […]

Know All Men By These Presents

Posted June 2nd, 2011 by Thomas Norman DeWolf

Sometime around 1811, Sylvester Dunn relocated from South Carolina to Amite County Mississippi. He was one of the very first settlers of the new American territory carved out of the Choctaw nation. The fact that Sylvester had the benefit of a free land patent and free labor surely contributed immeasurably to his success on the […]