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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The historians whose views are now under criticism were conscientious and
diligent scholars; they were highly intelligent and perceptive; and they strove to
portray the history of the antebellum South as it actually was. The explanation of
The prevailing view of the slave trade has been fashioned by historians primarily
from the accounts of firsthand observers of the slave South. Since such observers
lacked the hard data needed to actually determine the scope and nature of this ...
Because earlier historians became overly preoccupied with dramatic and
poignant but relatively isolated instances of the destruction of black marriages,
they failed to grasp the extremely important role that the master class assigned to
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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