Upward in Slavery

Without Consent or Contract: The Rise and Fall of American Slavery

by Robert William Fogel

Without Consent or Contract: Evidence and Methods

edited by Robert W. Fogel, edited by Ralph A. Galantine, edited by Richard L. Mannings
Slavery has come under intense scrutiny during two periods of American history: from the Revolution through 1865, and since the 1950s. During the antebellum years, when the question was what to do about slavery, constitutional concerns about the property rights of slave owners and the extent of congressional authority defined …

The Stagnant South

Old South, New South: Revolutions in the Southern Economy Since the Civil War

by Gavin Wright
In 1835 Alexis de Tocqueville pronounced the South a society “gone to sleep.” As he steamed down the Ohio River, Tocqueville heard from the free, right, bank the “confused hum” of men at work, while from the left shore came the silence of loitering slaves and idle white men. Slavery …