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 difference between the pecuniary income actually received by professors at
Harvard and what they could earn elsewhere is a first approximation of the value
that these academics attach to the nonpecuniary benefits of being located at ...
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 ...
Olmsted repeatedly ran into examples of the heavy use made of pecuniary
incentives by slaveholders and of the effectiveness of such incentives. On a
sugar plantation in Louisiana he was surprised to find that slaves worked "with
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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