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 material (not psychological) conditions of the lives of slaves compared
favorably with those of free industrial workers. This is not to say that they were
good by modern standards. It merely emphasizes the hard lot of all workers, free
or slave ...
While such housing is quite mean by modern standards, the houses of slaves
compared well with the housing of free workers in the antebellum era. It must be
remembered that much of rural America still lived in log cabins in the 1850s.
On the other hand, such workers, on average, receive payments and various
services from the government which more than offset the tax burden. Were there
any services received by slaves which offset the income expropriated from them?
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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