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

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 0807047627


Page: 262

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"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"--

Heritage Knowledge in the Curriculum

Retrieving an African Episteme

Author: Joyce E. King,Ellen E. Swartz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351213210

Category: Education

Page: 212

View: 2359


Moving beyond the content integration approach of multicultural education, this text powerfully advocates for the importance of curriculum built upon authentic knowledge construction informed by the Black intellectual tradition and an African episteme. By retrieving, examining, and reconnecting the continuity of African Diasporan heritage with school knowledge, this volume aims to repair the rupture that has silenced this cultural memory in standard historiography in general and in PK-12 curriculum content and pedagogy in particular. This ethically informed curriculum approach not only allows students of African ancestry to understand where they fit in the world but also makes the accomplishments and teachings of our collective ancestors available for the benefit of all. King and Swartz provide readers with a process for making overt and explicit the values, actions, thoughts, and behaviors reflected in an African episteme that serves as the foundation for African Diasporan sociohistorical phenomenon/events. With such knowledge, teachers can conceptualize curriculum and shape instruction that locates people in all cultures as subjects with agency whose actions embody their ongoing cultural legacy.

Invisible Founders

How Two Centuries of African American Families Transformed a Plantation into a College

Author: Lynn Rainville

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 1789202329

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

View: 9383


Literal and metaphorical excavations at Sweet Briar College reveal how African American labor enabled the transformation of Sweet Briar Plantation into a private women’s college in 1906. This volume tells the story of the invisible founders of a college founded by and for white women. Despite being built and maintained by African American families, the college did not integrate its student body for sixty years after it opened. In the process, Invisible Founders challenges our ideas of what a college “founder” is, restoring African American narratives to their deserved and central place in the story of a single institution — one that serves as a microcosm of the American South.

Exposing Slavery

Photography, Human Bondage, and the Birth of Modern Visual Politics in America

Author: Matthew Fox-Amato

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190663944

Category: History

Page: 352

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Within a few years of the introduction of photography into the United States in 1839, slaveholders had already begun commissioning photographic portraits of their slaves. Ex-slaves-turned-abolitionists such as Frederick Douglass had come to see how sitting for a portrait could help them project humanity and dignity amidst northern racism. In the first decade of the medium, enslaved people had begun entering southern daguerreotype studios of their own volition, posing for cameras, and leaving with visual treasures they could keep in their pockets. And, as the Civil War raged, Union soldiers would orchestrate pictures with fugitive slaves that envisioned racial hierarchy as slavery fell. In these ways and others, from the earliest days of the medium to the first moments of emancipation, photography powerfully influenced how bondage and freedom were documented, imagined, and contested. By 1865, it would be difficult for many Americans to look back upon slavery and its fall without thinking of a photograph. Exposing Slavery explores how photography altered and was, in turn, shaped by conflicts over human bondage. Drawing on an original source base that includes hundreds of unpublished and little-studied photographs of slaves, ex-slaves, free African Americans, and abolitionists, as well as written archival materials, it puts visual culture at the center of understanding the experience of late slavery. It assesses how photography helped southerners to defend slavery, enslaved people to shape their social ties, abolitionists to strengthen their movement, and soldiers to pictorially enact interracial society during the Civil War. With diverse goals, these peoples transformed photography from a scientific curiosity into a political tool over only a few decades. This creative first book sheds new light on conflicts over late American slavery, while also revealing a key moment in the relationship between modern visual culture and racialized forms of power and resistance.

Slavery and Freedom in Savannah

Author: Leslie Harris,Daina Ramey Berry

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820344109

Category: History

Page: 262

View: 6859


A richly illustrated, accessibly written book with a variety of perspectives on slavery, emancipation, and black life in Savannah from the city s founding to the early twentieth century. Written by leading historians of Savannah, Georgia, and the South, it includes a mix of thematic essays focusing on individual people, events, and places."

Sexuality and Slavery

Reclaiming Intimate Histories in the Americas

Author: Daina Ramey Berry,Leslie M. Harris

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820354031

Category: History

Page: 240

View: 5199


Introduction / Daina Ramey Berry and Leslie M. Harris -- Early European views of African bodies : beauty / Stephanie M.H. Camp -- Toiling in the fields : valuing female slaves in Jamaica, 1674-1788 / Trevor Burnard -- Reading the specter of racialized gender in eighteenth-century Bridgetown, Barbados / Marisa J. Fuentes -- As if she were my own : love and law in the slave society of eighteenth-century Peru / Bianca Premo -- Wombs of liberation : petitions, law, and the black woman's body in Maryland, 1780-1858 / Jessica Millward -- Rethinking sexual violence and the marketplace of slavery : white women, the slave market, and enslaved people's sexualized bodies in the nineteenth-century South / Stephanie Jones-Rogers -- The sexual abuse of black men under American slavery / Thomas A. Foster -- Manhood, sex, and power in antebellum slave communities / David Doddington -- What's love got to do with it? : concubinage and enslaved women and girls in the antebellum South / Brenda E. Stevenson -- When the present is past : writing the history of sexuality and slavery / Jim Downs