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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When evaluated from this standpoint, evidence falls not into just two categories (
good and bad), but into a complex hierarchy in which there are many categories
of evidence and varying degrees of reliability. Our aim has been to base our ...
That evidence of both types led to the same conclusions regarding the
inefficiency of slavery and its detrimental effects on economic growth served to
enhance the credibility of the separate findings. The influence of Helper and
Olmsted did not ...
Only on the question of the interregional slave trade did Cairnes attempt to
extend the body of evidence supplied by Olmsted, Helper, and the other works on
which he drew. His effort to infer the scope of this trade from demographic data 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