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The Price for Their Pound of Flesh Read  100 ☆ Groundbreaking look at slaves as commodities through every phase of life from birth to death and beyond in early AmericaIn life and in death slaves were commodities their monetary value assigned based on their age gender health and the demands of the market The Price for Their Pound of FF the enslaved and provides a rare window into enslaved peoples' experiences and thoughts revealing how enslaved people recalled and responded to being appraised bartered and sold throughout the course of their lives Reaching out from these pages they compel the reader to bear witness to their stories to see them as human beings not merely commoditiesA profoundly humane look at an inhumane institution The Price for Their Pound of Flesh will have a major impact how we think about slavery reparations capitalism nineteenth century medical education and the value of life and dea. review to come

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Groundbreaking look at slaves as commodities through every phase of life from birth to death and beyond in early AmericaIn life and in death slaves were commodities their monetary value assigned based on their age gender health and the demands of the market 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 preconception infancy childhood adolescence adulthood the senior years and death in the early American domestic slave trade Covering the full life cycle historian Daina Ramey B. This was a really tough one to get through I had to put this down several times and read something else just for my own mental health That being said Berry does some impressive research into the history of the American slave trade and tells the story through an interesting narrative structure For her there were four distinct moments in the life of a slave where their value be assessed These were from birth to adolescence from adolescence to roughly age forty from age forty to death and death itself All of these cycles in the life of a slave were filled with terrifying and unpredictable changes that would often rip families and communities apart for the most banal reasons Perhaps a slaveowner would in place of cash wager their slaves in a card game Perhaps the slave was a little to familiar with someone in their family and forgot their place Or perhaps they knew their slaves value was depreciating so they would sell them before it happened Reading these stories I felt a kind of helpless rage at how cruel and senseless it all seems Even in death slaves rarely had any respite from their masters There is the story of the slaveowner who upon his death had his will specify that he wanted his favorite slave who had passed away exhumed and reburied at the foot of his grave because he wanted him to serve his needs in the afterlife as well Even disgusting was the trade in cadavers Slave masters who would sell the bodies of their dead slaves to medical colleges desperate for corpses to dissect using what the author calls their ghost value This is not a perfect book I found her repeated use of the phrase soul value to describe a slave's value to their community a little awkward considering how much of the rest of the book deals with very uantifiable and disturbing facts rather than vague terms like this but it is meticulously researched and valuable for an understanding of what atrocities humanity is capable of

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The Price for Their Pound of FleshErry shows the lengths to which enslavers would go to maximize profits and protect their investments Illuminating ghost values or the prices placed on dead enslaved people Berry explores the little known domestic cadaver trade and traces the illicit sales of dead bodies to medical schoolsThis book is the culmination of than ten years of Berry's exhaustive research on enslaved values drawing on data unearthed from sources such as slave trading records insurance policies cemetery records and life insurance policies Writing with sensitivity and depth she resurrects the voices o. I found out about Daina Berry and this book from a lecture from the LOC's Library of Congress YouTube page link below It took me a while to finish this book for various reasons One being I borrowed it from the library and had to borrow it twice Second it was painful to read; however I'm glad I did I think this is a book that everyone should read It is well researched and it talks about another aspect of slavery that is hardly ever discussed the clandestine cadaver trade In addition to this book here two books I recommend reading Help Me to Find My People The African American Search for Family Lost in Slavery by Heather A Williams Bound in Wedlock Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century by Tera W Hunterhttpsyoutube7HBxNuNrVo