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Short Synopsis
A profoundly humane look at an inhumane institution, The Price for Their Pound of Flesh will have a major impact on how we think about slavery, reparations, capitalism, nineteenth-century medical education, and the value of life and death.

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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 Berry 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 schools.

Writing with sensitivity and depth, Berry resurrects the voices of 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.

"Narrator Robin Eller has a sweet, clear voice, and all is very well articulated." ---Sound Commentary

"Berry treats her subject in a sensitive and open manner, and Robin Eller narrates in a respectful tone." ---Library Journal Audio Review

The Price for Their Pound of Flesh

The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation

Author Daina Ramey Berry

Narrated by Robin Eller

Publication date Jun 6, 2017

Running time 9 hrs

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