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Slavery in the Development of the Americas

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Seymour Drescher, Pieter C. Emmer, Lorena S. Walsh, Fransisco Vidal Luna, Herbert S. Klein, Frank D. Lewis, David Eltis, David Richardson, Laird W. Bergad, Elizabeth B. Field-Hendrey, Lee A. Craig, James R. Irwin, Philip D. Morgan, Robert A. Margo
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  • Date Published: December 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521172677

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  • Compiled from the latest research of leading historians and economic historians of slavery, these essays cover various aspects of slavery and its role in the development of the southern United States, Brazil, Cuba, the French and Dutch Caribbean, and elsewhere in the Americas. Some essays explore the emergence of the slave system, while others provide important insights about the operation of specific slave economies. Reviews of slave markets and prices, and discussions of the efficiency and distributional aspects of slavery, are also included.

    • Work by many of the leading economic historians of slavery in the Americas
    • Reviews much of the research of the last 30 years
    • Coverage of all parts of the Americas
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...provide[s] important insights..." Black Issues in Higher Education

    "...the extended editorial introduction is itself a substantive contribution to the slavery debates. In summarizing the essays and setting the historiographical context, the editors advance a number of provoctive assertions..." EH.NET, Gavin Wright, Stanford University

    "The volume is particularly strong in its comparative essays." - Robert J. Cottrol, George Washington University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521172677
    • length: 384 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Establishing the System:
    1. White Atlantic? The choice for African slave labor in the plantation Americas Seymour Drescher
    2. The Dutch and the slave Americas Pieter C. Emmer
    Part II. Patterns of Slave Use:
    3. Mercantile strategies, credit networks, and labor supply in the colonial Chesapeake in trans-Atlantic perspective Lorena S. Walsh
    4. African slavery in the production of subsistence crops, the case of São Paulo in the nineteenth century Fransisco Vidal Luna and Herbert S. Klein
    5. The transition from slavery to freedom through manumission: a life-cycle approach applied to the United States and Guadeloupe Frank D. Lewis
    Part III. Productivity Change and Its Implications:
    6. Prices of African slaves newly arrived in the Americas, 1673–1865: new evidence on long-run trends and regional differentials David Eltis and David Richardson
    7. American slave markets during the 1850s: slave price rises in the US, Cuba, and Brazil in comparative perspective Laird W. Bergad
    8. The relative efficiency of free and slave agriculture in the antebellum United States: a stochastic production frontier approach Elizabeth B. Field-Hendrey and Lee A. Craig
    Part IV. Implications for Distribution and Growth:
    9. Slavery and economic growth in Virginia, 1760–1860: a view from probate records James R. Irwin
    10. The poor: slaves in early America Philip D. Morgan
    11. The North-South wage gap, before and after the Civil War Robert A. Margo
    The writings of Stanley L. Engerman.

  • Editors

    David Eltis, Emory University, Atlanta

    Frank D. Lewis, Queen's University, Ontario

    Kenneth L. Sokoloff, University of California, Los Angeles


    Seymour Drescher, Pieter C. Emmer, Lorena S. Walsh, Fransisco Vidal Luna, Herbert S. Klein, Frank D. Lewis, David Eltis, David Richardson, Laird W. Bergad, Elizabeth B. Field-Hendrey, Lee A. Craig, James R. Irwin, Philip D. Morgan, Robert A. Margo

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