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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Furthermore, neither the softening of prices during the early 1790s nor the brief
plunge later in the decade necessarily implies that the demand for slaves was
declining. It may only show that the supply of slaves was increasing more rapidly
Translated into the language of economists, the traditional view that slaves were
being driven from the cities is a theory of a declining urban demand for slaves.
The main factors cited to explain the "disintegration" of urban slavery — the ...
Both the rapid rise in the free population of southern cities and the rise in income
per capita swelled the urban demand for slaves. On balance, the factors that
increased the demand for slaves in the cities proved to be substantially stronger ...
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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