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 average, slaveowners earned about 10 percent on the market price of their
bondsmen. Rates of return were approximately the same for investments in
males and females. They were also approximately the same across geographic
Figure 33 shows that the average daily diet of slaves was quite substantial. The
energy value of their diet exceeded that of free men in 1 879 by more than 1 o
percent. There was no deficiency in the amount of meat allotted to slaves.
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 ...
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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