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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Perhaps the most notable change in slave occupations between 1790 and 1860
was the redirection of the labor of field hands. Although cotton was the great
agricultural staple of the South on the eve of the Civil War, it was just a minor crop
On still another plantation the average extra earnings of the thirteen top hands
was $77. These scattered cases suggest that the ratio of high earnings to basic
earnings among field hands was in the neighborhood of 2.5. When the incomes
These servants were, to a considerable extent, children not yet old enough to
begin their tenure as field hands. The last point deserves to be stressed because
it exposes a fallacy in the argument of those who make such heavy distinctions ...
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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