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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leaders, threatened the laggards, and did whatever was necessary to ensure
both the pace and the quality of each gang's labor. During the period of
cultivation, this interdependence, and the productive tension which it created,
stemmed to a ...
As drivers or gang foremen they were ubiquitous on medium and large
plantations. In the fields the drivers were responsible for ensuring that each gang
achieved its daily objectives and, if the gang was operating on the task system, ...
found it impossible to maintain the gang system once they were deprived of the
right to apply force. Freedmen generally preferred renting land and farming it,
usually for shares, to working in gangs, although the payments being offered for ...
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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