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Isaac

Episode 2 of 5

To mark 400 years since the arrival of African slaves to America, Daina Ramey Berry reflects on Isaac, who led a rebellion, and whose life ended in a final act of defiance.

To mark 400 years since the arrival of African slaves to America, the author Daina Ramey Berry reflects on Isaac, who led a rebellion, and whose life ended in a final act of defiance.

Reflecting on the 400-year anniversary of African arrivals in America and the legacy of slavery, Daina Ramey Berry is drawn to an enslaved man she met while researching her book The Price for their Pound of Flesh. His name is Isaac and she learned about him through a 19th century newspaper that recorded his remarkable story. He is someone she thinks of often because of his expression of soul values which enslaved people clung to and used to resist the commodification of their bodies. Daina shares Isaac’s story, his powerful statement, and legacies of slavery that reverberate today.

Producer Neil McCarthy

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14 minutes

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  • Tue 19 Nov 2019 22:45
  • Tue 12 Oct 2021 22:45

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