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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field hand received about 90 percent of the income he produced. 10. Far from
stagnating, the economy of the antebellum South grew quite rapidly. Between
1840 and 1860, per capita income increased more rapidly in the South than in
the rest ...
When he claimed he was revolutionizing the interpretation of the antebellum
South, he was referring only to point five, the harsh treatment of slaves, and to the
shadow which that treatment cast on the character of slaveholders. Phillips did
Compared with any country of Europe except England, however, the South's
economic performance was quite strong. ... the progress of the antebellum South
would have exceeded virtually all recorded experience over the past 150 years.
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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