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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According to the 1860 census, 39 percent of freedmen in southern cities were
mulattoes. Among urban slaves the proportion of mulattoes was 20 percent. In
other words, one out of every four Negroes living in a southern city was a mulatto.
Economies of scale contributed only 6 percent to the efficiency of fairly small
plantations with from one to fifteen slaves. Scale led to a 15 percent gain in
efficiency for moderate-sized plantations with between sixteen and fifty slaves.
And the ...
Table 4 also shows that far from stagnating, per capita income was actually
growing 30 percent more rapidly in the South than the North. The South's rate of
growth was so rapid (1.7 percent per annum), that it constitutes prima facie
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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