Time on the cross: the economics of American Negro slavery
First published in 1974, Fogel and Engerman's groundbreaking book reexamined the economic foundations of American slavery, marking "the start of a new period of slavery scholarship and some searching revisions of a national tradition" (C. Vann Woodward, New York Review of Books).In an Afterword added in 1989, the authors assess their findings in the light of recent scholarship and debate.
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Conrad and Meyer produced separate estimates of the rates of return on males
and females. The computation of the return on male slaves was the simpler case.
They first derived the average capital cost per slave, including not only the price ...
Rather than ending the controversy on profitability, the study of Conrad and
Meyer intensified it. However, because of their work, the debate became much
more sharply focused than before. They had clearly identified the crucial
This proposition was given a considerable fillip by the work of Conrad and Meyer,
who found substantially higher returns on women than men in the Old South. "
Slavery was profitable to the whole South," they concluded, because "the ...
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Time on the Cross created a sensation when it was first published, and received largely favorable notice. It claimed to break new ground with its cliometric study of slavery. A notable dissenter from ... Leer reseña completa