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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Given such a diversity of opinion, Olmsted could, in good conscience, take up
practically any opinion within this spectrum. As it turns out, he adopted the view of
a northerner who had come South and was convinced that slave labor was far ...
A slaveholder who listened to Olmsted's report of his conversation with Griscom,
the Northerner who claimed that slave laborers produced only one fourth as
much output per day as northern laborers, responded that these slaves "could not
Olmsted repeatedly ran into examples of the heavy use made of pecuniary
incentives by slaveholders and of the effectiveness of such incentives. On a
sugar plantation in Louisiana he was surprised to find that slaves worked "with
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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