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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However, the interregional slave trade gave a new lease on life to slavery in the
Old South. In the words of John Elliott Cairnes, an eminent British economist of
the mid-nineteenth century and an ardent abolitionist, it was "the profit developed
This frequently repeated characterization of the interregional movement of slaves
is without foundation in fact. Available evidence indicates that about 84 percent of
the slaves engaged in the westward movement migrated with their ...
Of course, the traditional interpretation of the interregional slave traffic is not
confined to economic issues. To many, the most critical aspect of the slave trade
was its corrosive effect on the integrity of the slave family. Since most issues ...
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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