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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held excessive numbers of slaves at prevailing prices. However, it does show
that the aggregate demand of this category of slaveowners was too limited to
raise the market price of slaves above the level dictated by normal business
It is true that the slaves were robbed of their freedom to move on their own
initiative. But as factors of production, they were moved by the economic interest
of their owners to their "most advantageous uses." Before Emancipation the
the economics of American Negro slavery Robert William Fogel, Stanley L.
Engerman ... Washington, DC, 98 water power, 168 wealth : of nonslaveholding
whites, 254; of slaveowners (see slaveowners and slavoc- racy); of slaves, 127,
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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