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The price for their pound of flesh : the value of the enslaved from womb to grave in the building of a nation

Author: Daina Ramey Berry
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Groundbreaking look at slaves as commodities through every phase of life, from birth to death and beyond, in early America The Price for Their Pound of Flesh is the first book to explore the economic value of enslaved people through every phase of their lives--including from before birth to after death--in the American domestic slave trades. Covering the full "life cycle" (including preconception, infancy,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daina Ramey Berry
ISBN: 9780807047620 0807047627
OCLC Number: 948734228
Description: xvi, 262 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The value of life and death --
Preconception : women and future increase --
Infancy and childhood --
Adolescence, young adulthood, and soul values --
Mid-life and older adulthood --
Elderly and superannuated --
Postmortem : death and ghost values --
Epilogue: The afterlives of slavery --
Appendix: A timeline of slavery, medical history, and black bodies --
Note on sources: A history of people and corpses.
Responsibility: Daina Ramey Berry.

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"Groundbreaking look at slaves as commodities through every phase of life, from birth to death and beyond, in early America The Price for Their Pound of Flesh is the first book to explore the economic value of enslaved people through every phase of their lives--including from before birth to after death--in the American domestic slave trades. Covering the full "life cycle" (including preconception, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, the senior years, and death), historian Daina Berry shows the lengths to which slaveholders would go to maximize profits. She draws from over ten years of research to explore how enslaved people responded to being appraised, bartered, and sold. By illuminating their lives, Berry ensures that the individuals she studies are regarded as people, not merely commodities. Analyzing the depth of this monetization of human property will change the way we think about slavery, reparations, capitalism, and nineteenth-century medical education"--

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