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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Whites coming to the South "soon learn to hate labor, give as little of it for [their]
hire as [they] can, become base, cowardly, faithless — 'worse than a nigger.' "
Thus, employers could only obtain free labor of a superior quality by paying more
extremely keen and diligent observer who was striving to discover those
characteristics which distinguished the system of slave labor and which
differentiated it from the system of free labor. While his prejudices undoubtedly
predisposed him ...
While some large-scale factories were based exclusively on slave labor, others
were based exclusively on free labor. Many urban firms, perhaps most, employed
a combination of the two types of labor. For example, in the Tredegar Iron Works,
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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