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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Phillips located one of these episodes in the decade following the close of the
American Revolution. Ramsdell located the other in the decade preceding the
Civil War. Phillips based his case on scattered reports by planters who spoke of
fairly high plateau for the rest of that decade. Between 1784 and 1794 slave
prices averaged 89 percent of their pre- Revolutionary level. There was an
additional drop of about 5 percent between 1794 and 1795. But this slide was
In the case of the top ten cities, they occurred in only four instances: in St. Louis
during the decade of the 1830s, in New Orleans during the decade of the 1 840s,
and in Baltimore and Charleston during the 1850s. In all other decades these ...
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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