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Author Berry, Daina Ramey, author.

Title The price for their pound of flesh : the value of the enslaved from womb to grave in the building of a nation / Daina Ramey Berry.

Publication Info. Boston : Beacon Press, [2017]


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 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  306.362 B459p 2017    ---  Available
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Description xvi, 262 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-247) and index.
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.
Summary "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"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Slavery -- Economic aspects -- United States.
Slave trade -- United States -- History.
Slaves -- United States -- Economic conditions.
Slaves -- United States -- Social conditions.
Child slaves -- United States -- Social conditions.
Women slaves -- United States -- Social conditions.
Older slaves -- United States -- Social conditions.
Slavery -- Economic aspects -- United States.
Slave trade. (OCoLC)fst01120405
Slavery -- Economic aspects. (OCoLC)fst01120438
Slaves -- Economic conditions. (OCoLC)fst01120537
Slaves -- Social conditions. (OCoLC)fst01120577
Women slaves -- Social conditions. (OCoLC)fst01178536
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780807047620 (hardback)
0807047627 (hardback)
9780807067147 (paperback)
0807067148 (paperback)

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