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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Further proof was to be found in the low value of southern land relative to
northern land. Helper put the average value of an acre of northern land in 1850 at
$28.07, while the average value of a southern acre was $5.34. What explained
The method of cultivation of these crops had to require large amounts of labor per
unit of land. Such territorial concentration of labor was necessary in order to keep
the cost of supervising slaves low. (3.) Soils had to be of a high fertility and ...
older states was being depleted, that the average quality of soil or land yields
was declining. The statistical analyses of data on land yields and land values that
have thus far been performed are ambiguous. But even if one interprets these ...
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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