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Daina Berry: The Price for Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to the Grave in the Building of a Nation.

Monday 27 February 2017, 06:30pm - 08:00pm
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Daina Ramey Berry will be presenting her book, The Price for Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to the Grave in the Building of a Nation. Sponsored by the Departments of English and History, Howard University.
How do you ascribe a value to a human life? In the antebellum South, how were values for enslaved people determined?

What value did these individuals and their families attribute to themselves, and how did their understood value in the marketplace impact that? While the economic value of slaves in the domestic slave trade has been previously explored, it has tended to focus on healthy, young male slaves. In her new book The Price for Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of Enslaved from the Womb to the Grave in the Building of a Nation, Dr. Daina Ramey Berry, a scholar and an award winning historian, opens up a new area of insight into how valuations of enslaved people varied by age, health, and gender; she also introduces the idea of “soul values,” an appreciation of one’s own humanity which transcends monetization. This is the first book to explore an enslaved person’s ascribed value throughout their entire lifespan, including before birth and after death. The book represents more than a decade of Berry’s original research and insight into the history of the slave trade in America.

Daina Berry was a consultant on the remake of the film series ROOTS. Professor Berry taught at Arizona State and Michigan State before coming to Texas in January 2010.

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