Dr. Daina Ramey Berry, historian, seen on New York times, Washington Post, NPR, NBC, CNN, The History Channel, The Boston Globe and many more outlets

Latest Book

The Price for Their Pound of Flesh

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

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. Read more...

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Please click here for the data set for The Price for Their Pound of Flesh. This data set includes Dr. Berry’ s individually collected data of enslaved people's names, ages, sexes, and monetary values used in her latest book. It can be used in conjunction with the Fogel and Engerman data also found on ICPSR. The Southern Mutual Life Insurance Records will be available at a later date.


"A brilliant resurrection of the forgotten people who gave their lives to build our country. Rigorously researched and powerfully told, this book tallies the human price paid for the nation we now live in and restores these unrecognized Americans—their hopes, loves and disregarded dreams—to their rightful place in history. Searing, revelatory and vital to understanding our nation’s inequities."

author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration