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One kind of freedom : the economic consequences of emancipation
Ransom, Roger L., 1938-
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
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xxvii, 458 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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HC107.A13 R28 2001 2ND.ED. Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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One Kind of Freedom examines the economic institutions that replaced slavery and the conditions under which ex-slaves were allowed to enter the economic life of the United States following the Civil War. The authors contend that although the kind of freedom permitted to black Americans allowed substantial increases in their economic welfare, it effectively curtailed further black advancement and retarded Southern economic development. The new edition of this economic history classic includes a new introduction by the authors, an extensive bibliography of works in Southern history published since the appearance of the first edition, and revised findings based on newly available data and statistical techniques.

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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 to the new edition
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
A bibliography of literature on the South after 1977