Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Chattel PrincipleInternal Slave Trades in the Americas$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Walter Johnson

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780300103557

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300103557.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM YALE SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.yale.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Yale University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in YSO for personal use.date: 30 June 2022

“We'm Fus' Rate Bargain”

“We'm Fus' Rate Bargain”

Value, Labor, and Price in a Georgia Slave Community

Chapter:
(p.55) 3 “We'm Fus' Rate Bargain”
Source:
The Chattel Principle
Author(s):

Daina Ramey Berry

Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300103557.003.0003

This chapter describes how slaves—such as Elisha, whose story appears in the beginning of the chapter—developed a keen understanding of their value, even going to great lengths to negotiate their sale in such a way as to maintain family ties. They understood the importance of the monetary value assigned to them and used this knowledge to persuade buyers to purchase their entire families. Some boasted about their muscular physique, while others assured interested parties that a long-term investment in them would bring quality offspring in the future. Yet beneath the bargaining and sometimes begging, a slave's primary objective was to maintain familial ties. In Elisha's case, she and her family were sold in an auction that, according to several accounts, was the “largest sale of human chattels” in American history. Although Elisha's testimony is unusual, the details of this sale provide compelling information regarding the role of price, gender, and skill among U.S. slaves.

Keywords:   value, Elisha, family ties, monetary value, bargaining, human chattels, U.S. slaves

Yale Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.