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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Figure 17 Annual Net Earnings from Male Slaves by Age about 1 850, Old South
twice as high as ten-year-olds because twice as much honor and prestige were
attached to the owners of the older than of the younger slaves. The age-price ...
life cycles of the net earnings of males and females, which are shown in figure 19
. For most of the years of their lives, female earnings were below those of males
by 20 to 40 percent. Interestingly, prior to age eighteen, female earnings ...
There were periods during which slaveholders were more optimistic than was
justified by the movement of current earnings; but there also were periods during
which their pessimism depressed slave prices more rapidly than earnings.
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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