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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On the other hand, Kenneth Stampp, the author of the most systematic rebuttal to
Phillips, felt that slaves were profitable not because they were more efficient than
free labor but because their labor cost less. The lower cost of slaves tended to ...
This was true even of Kenneth Stampp who, as is pointed out in appendix C,
went further than any other post-Phillips scholar, except perhaps Lewis C. Gray,
in rejecting the traditional interpretation of slavery. In The Peculiar Institution,
Stampp was able to hold on to his contention that slavery was profitable only by
arguing that there were other "advantages" which "more than compensated for
whatever superiority free labor had in efficiency." These "advantages" included ...
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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