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Title:
One kind of freedom : the economic consequences of emancipation
Author:
Ransom, Roger L., 1938-
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Publication Information:
Cambridge [Eng.] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1977.
Physical Description:
xix, 409 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780521214506

9780521292030
Format :
Book

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Central Library HC107.A13 R28 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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This economic history classic examines the economic institutions that replaced slavery. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.


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When published in 1977, One Kind of Freedom (CH, Apr'78) became an instant classic. Using economic models, statistical sampling and then-existing technology, thorough bibliographic research, and sound interdisciplinary insight, Ransom and Sutch argued that the post-Civil War South sustained racism and adopted economic practices that stagnated the Southern economy. Their arguments were compelling and influenced a generation of scholarship that generally affirms the original argument. This second edition neither updates the original text nor attempts to answer critics. Rather, the authors have given readers a lengthy bibliography of publications that have appeared since 1977, including debates over the original conclusions. They discuss the methodological limitations of their 1977 work and, in a limited way, extend their analysis, which, presented in an epilogue to the new edition, affirms the original conclusions. The authors invite others to take full advantage of the considerably enhanced power of computing to extend their work further. The publication of a second edition is a useful reminder of a truly seminal conceptualization of Southern history. This edition adds little, in and of itself, to our understanding of the post-Civil War South. Graduate students and faculty. T. F. Armstrong Texas Wesleyan University


Table of Contents

Preface
Preface to the new edition
Acknowledgements
A note to the reader
1 What did freedom mean?
2 The legacy of slavery
3 The myth of the prostrate South
4 The demise of the plantation
5 Agricultural reconstruction
6 Financial reconstruction
7 The emergence of the merchants' territorial monopoly
8 The trap of debt peonage
9 The roots of southern poverty
Statistical appendixes
Epilogue
A bibliography of literature on the South after 1977
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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