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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Hence the maximum increase in net income per working slave, through attempts
to manipulate fertility rates, would have been below one percent — or less than a
dollar per year per slave (in dollars of 1850). This trivial increase in net income ...
Thus whether one compares immediate postwar gang wages with income from
sharecropping or prewar pecuniary payments, available evidence shows that the
application of force made it possible to obtain labor from slaves at less than half ...
Per capita income in the north central states was not only less than half as high
as in the Northeast; it was 14 percent lower than per capita income in the South. If
the South was a poverty-ridden "colonial dependency," how are we 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