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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That evidence of both types led to the same conclusions regarding the
inefficiency of slavery and its detrimental effects on economic growth served to
enhance the credibility of the separate findings. The influence of Helper and
Olmsted did not ...
Helper put the average value of an acre of northern land in 1850 at $28.07, while
the average value of a southern acre was $5.34. What explained the difference of
$22.73? Since southern land was equal to, or better than, northern land in ...
Helper also misinterpreted the meaning of the export statistics. He failed to
realize that each custom district reported only the direct exports from that district
to a foreign port. Not only did Helper omit southern exports shipped through
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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