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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 / Daina Ramey Berry.

Berry, Daina Ramey, (author.).

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Manor Branch 306.362 BERRY 2017 (Text) 33230007639937 NONFICTION Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780807047620
  • ISBN: 0807047627
  • Physical Description: xvi, 262 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, [2017]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-247) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
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.
Summary, etc.:
"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 theirlives--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: 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.
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