Daina Ramey Berry writes: "Is there any good way to teach children about lynching? After attending the opening of a powerful new memorial and museum, which together explore some of the most painful aspects of American history, I wondered about the prospect of returning there with my 12-year-old son. My husband and I wanted him … Continue reading BLOGROLL: Ramey on Teaching and “Explaining the New Lynching Memorial to My Son”
Daina Ramey Berry writes: "We could spend more time reprimanding West (as Van Lathan of TMZ did so eloquently). But more productive would be to take this moment to call for a much-needed and long-overdue correction of U.S. history at every level — beginning with K-12 curriculum. "School-aged children have long been miseducated about the … Continue reading BLOGROLL: Berry on Kanye West’s teachable moment — for everyone
New video project, led by Adriane Hopper Williams and Daina Ramey Berry, brings Black women's history to life: "Making History is a documentary film project that uncovers the untold stories of African American women starting from their painful beginnings in slavery. While it is challenging for historians to uncover these early stories, the voices of … Continue reading NEWS/VIDEO: Williams and Berry Launch Making History
Daina Ramey Berry writes: "Over several years, I’ve studied what I call the domestic cadaver trade and its connection to 19th-century medical education. The body trade was as elaborate as the trans-Atlantic and domestic slave trade that transported Africans to the New World and resold African-Americans on our soil. But when enslaved people died, some … Continue reading Berry: “Beyond the Slave Trade, the Cadaver Trade” via @NYTimes
Daina Ramey Berry on trading the remains of slaves as an American past time: "This month, Richard Hatcher, a former mayor of Gary, Ind., delivered what researchers suspect is the skull of Nat Turner, the rebel slave, to Turner’s descendants. The skull had been kept as a relic, sold and probably handed down through generations, … Continue reading Berry on Nat Turner’s Skull and A Purse of Skin | @NYTimes
Daina Ramey Berry, The Price for Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation. Boston: Beacon Press, 2017. 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 … Continue reading BOOK: Berry on Slavery, Value, and a “Pound of Flesh”
Daina Ramey Berry, LaShawn Harris, Tiffany Gill, Jessica Millward, Catherine Clinton, and Deborah Gray White discuss Harriet Tubman on C-Span: Harriet Tubman and the Twenty Dollar Bill Scholars talked about the historical significance of the decision to replace Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman on the front of the twenty dollar bill, as well as the … Continue reading Harriet Tubman Twenty Dollar Bill | Video | C-SPAN.org
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Berry: "Harriet Tubman will be the first African American (male or female) to appear on federally sanctioned currency, but she is not the first enslaved person to appear on paper money circulated in the United States..."
Berry writes: "As a scholar of the enslaved and someone who studies slavery, I was not sure if a made-for-television modern story of runaways would fully capture the depth of characters who populated plantations across the South..." #UndergroundWGN