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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Slavery was saved, he said, by a "vast extension of the territory of the United
States," which opened "new soils to Southern enterprise." The problem of the
planter's position was at once solved, and the domestic slave trade commenced.
Nor was it true that southern soils and climate were generally better for
agricultural purposes than northern land and climates. No doubt some southern
soils were better for agriculture than some northern ones. But on average
southern soils ...
Soils had to be of a high fertility and practically unlimited in extent. Only "where
the natural fertility of the soil is so great as to compensate for the inferiority of the
cultivation, where nature does so much as to leave little for art," only then, said ...
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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