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The Resource The slavery debates, 1952-1990 : a retrospective, Robert W. Fogel

The slavery debates, 1952-1990 : a retrospective, Robert W. Fogel

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The slavery debates, 1952-1990 : a retrospective
Title
The slavery debates, 1952-1990
Title remainder
a retrospective
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Robert W. Fogel
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Language
eng
Summary
"During World War II, the United State's ideological position asserting races as fundamentally equal stood in sharp contrast to the reality of segregated American society. This contradiction, and the burgeoning civil rights movement, spurred young scholars to challenge the prevailing historical canon on American slavery. Rooted in racial stereotypes, it held that slavery, while inefficient and unprofitable, was overall socially benign. The ensuing "slavery debates" encompassed a reexamination of almost every aspect of American slavery and became one front in a battle waged over the place of cliometrics - the use of quantitative data and statistical methods to analyze historical problems. Economist and historian Robert William Fogel was at the forefront of the revisionists in the debates, and in this enlightening memoir he offers a personal account of the role cliometrics played in rethinking the economics of slavery and the South." "Fogel and his colleague Stanley Engerman were among those who led in applying cliometrics to the study of slavery in the United States. Their 1974 ground-breaking book, Time on the Cross, revealed slavery to be a profitable and efficient labor system, demonstrating that economic growth and technological progress were possible even in a deeply immoral order. Slavery ended not because of any inherent economic weakness but due to antislavery political tactics and ultimately war, and that antislavery struggle, Fogel argues, transformed American civilization. Initial accolades from the scholarly community soon turned to condemnation and eventually accusations that Fogel and Engerman were racists themselves. Even after thirty years, and a Nobel Prize in economics for Fogel, Time on the Cross remains one of the most fiercely debated works of U.S. history in the twentieth century." "Fogel chronicles all of these events as well as the emergence of a new generations of intellectual and political historians who questioned the progressive synthesis. In addition to reflecting on his own participation in the slavery debates, he recalls the contributions of numerous noted historians, including Ulrich B. Phillips, Kenneth Stampp, Frederick Jackson Turner, Eugene Genovese, John Blassingame, and Philip D. Morgan. Based on Fogel's 2001 Walter Lynwood Fleming Lectures in Southern History, The Slavery Debates, 1952-1990 is both an enjoyable memoir and an information summary of the literature on the economics of American slavery. Supporters and detractors of this brilliant and controversial historian will welcome his valuable glimpse into one of the most interesting chapters of the historical profession."--BOOK JACKET
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Fogel, Robert William
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government publication level undetermined
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
Series statement
The Walter Lynwood Fleming lectures in southern history
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  • Slavery
  • African Americans
  • Racism
  • Historians
  • United States
Label
The slavery debates, 1952-1990 : a retrospective, Robert W. Fogel
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [73]-97) and index
Control code
l82003009953
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
106 p.
Isbn
9780807128817
Lccn
2003009953
Label
The slavery debates, 1952-1990 : a retrospective, Robert W. Fogel
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [73]-97) and index
Control code
l82003009953
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
106 p.
Isbn
9780807128817
Lccn
2003009953

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