Ì Read ✓ Time on the Cross: The Economics of American Negro Slavery by Robert William Fogel Í Fascinating, but left me with questions than answers The authors present their thesis as representing a complete paradigm shift in understanding the economics of American slavery that s fine, but now their paradigm shift is nearly a half century in the past and I have no idea where the historiography has gone in the meantime The picture they paint seems believable, but its implications seems prone to alienate everyone Unfortunately I did not feel competent to fully breakdown their statistics It does leave me interested to see how historians may have approached this topic in the past decade or two.
Its of course easy to give the book 1 star for the amount of righteous falsification and criticism it has since its publication received, yet, especially with the knowledge of hindsight as the beginning of the famous controversy, it is a very interesting read.
You will likely never catch me reading the same book twice, but only because it s never really a value added for me the second time around this would be the exception to that very general rule I could read this little masterpiece of a diamond in the ruff again, and again, and again like a dead end job Robert William Fogel s interpretation, analysis, and delivery is pretty impressive regardless of personal opinion, judgment and belief with regard to the subject matter I definitely cannot promise that he will inspire you to believe , but you will probably find his thoughts very compelling followed by a very odd tingling sensation that the common folks call a sense of the enlightened I learn something new, exciting and terrifying about the Economics of the North American Slave Trade and something else that seemingly has nothing to d Leave history to the historians Fogel, an economist, does a terrible job of interpreting history This book is used in historical methods classes to show college students an example of bad history.
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Initially I struggled with this book While some non fiction, even when academic in scope, can still be compelling pleasure reading, this book really is not It is often dry probably an inescapable result of the focus on statistics In addition, as it at times seems to negate some of the horrors of slavery, there is a natural revulsion to modern sensibilities This should not be held against the book Not only do the authors never defend slavery, but towards the end they treat the paradox, and make good points.
In addition to learning about slavery and cliometrics, the greatest insight was probably an idea of the scope of trying to understand situations As they covered the factors that led to certain misunderstandings and errors in the historical record, and some of the methods for getting a better understanding, you appreciate the labor, and how easy i One of the book s conclusions is that whipping was not used as much as previously thought, stating that there were only an average of 0.
7 whippings per hand per year Mr Fogel and Mr Engermen seemed to have completely missed the point that it is physically impossible to be whipped 0.
7 of a time.
Yggdrasil says 6 The Dispossessed Majority Wilmot Robertson Time on the Cross The Economics of American Slavery Robert Fogel Stanley Engerman Alien Nation Peter Brimelow Oswald Mosley Robert Skidelsky White Power George Lincoln Rockwell My Awakening David Duke