12/19/2012 06:07 pm ET

Filmmaker Katrina Browne Uncovers Her Northern Slave-Owning Ancestry (VIDEO)

Filmmaker Katrina Browne joined HufPost Live host Alicia Menendez to discuss how she discovered that her ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in United States history. Browne documented their history in her film "Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North.”

“When I first found this out, I assumed they must have been the only slave traders in the North,” Browne, who is the Ideas and External Affairs Director at the Tracing Center on Histories and Legacies of Slavery, said. “I did a little digging and quickly discovered that contrary to what most of us are taught in history class, the North really dominated the slave trade. So they were the ones sending the ships to Africa. So I have this incredibly distressing, horrific ancestry in one part of my family.”

Watch the full segment on HuffPost Live.