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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The rapid decline in the relative share of Africans in the U.S. Negro population
during the last half of the eighteenth century was not due to a decline in imports.
With the exception of the decade of the American Revolution, which brought with
Between 1850 and 1860 the decline was not just relative. During the decade
preceding the Civil War, the slave population of the ten cities dropped by nine
thousand, or 12 percent. For some cities the absolute decline was not just limited
to the ...
But the nature of slave agriculture implied that per capita production must
eventually decline in this sector, too. Because of the tendency of slavery to
degrade land, the original level of per capita production in agriculture could only
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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