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Historian Daina Berry’s new book The Price for Their Pound of Flesh explores how enslaved people in the United States were judged as economic commodities and is the first work to examine slaves’ value through their entire life, from preconception to death. Berry’s work analyzing how human beings became monetized will help better inform us on how we think about slavery, reparations, and capitalism. Join us tonight for an insightful discussion with Daina Berry.
ABOUT THE PRICE FOR THEIR POUND OF FLESH
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
ABOUT DAINA RAMEY BERRY
Daina Ramey Berry is an associate professor of history and African and African diaspora studies, and the George W. Littlefield Fellow in American History, at the University of Texas at Austin. An award-winning historian, she is also a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians.
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