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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By 1720, the annual rate of natural increase in the U.S. was greater than the
annual increase due to importations. And during the last half century of legal U.S.
involvement in the slave trade, although the absolute level of importations was
ence with normal family life to increase fertility could have had a large and
positive effect on profit. The assumption that practicing selective breeding and
fostering promiscuity or polygamy increased the fertility rate has never been
As was shown in chapter 1 (see figures 6 and 7 ) the decade of the 1 790s was
marked by an unprecedented increase in the size of the slave population. Not
only was the natural increase large, but slave imports — which exceeded 79,000
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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