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One Kind of Freedom : The Economic Consequences of Emancipation - Roger L. Ransom

One Kind of Freedom

The Economic Consequences of Emancipation

Paperback Published: 20th November 2001
ISBN: 9780521795500
Number Of Pages: 488

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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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"Twenty-five years have passed since the first edition of One Kind of Freedom achieved the rare scholarly distinction of setting the terms of debate for an ensuing generation of researchers in an entire field of historical inquiry...[Ransom and Sutch's] core findings hold up remarkably well." Journal of American Ethnic History "...classic economic history..." Civil War Book Review "Few works in southern economic history have achieved the level of respect and renown enjoyed by Roger Ransom and Richard Sutch's path-breaking 1977 book One Kind of Freedom: The Economic Consequences of Emancipation...If any single work can be said to have transformed an entire field in history, this is it...One Kind of Freedom is clear, strongly argued, and packs a punch. Moreover, the authors' findings are based on an impressive, indeed, awe-inspiring research base, and their employment and promotion of relatively underutilized sources...was at once innovative and transformative." Peter A. Coclanis, Reviews in American History "When published in 1977, ^One Kind of Freedom became an instant classic... The publication of a second edition is a useful reminder of a truly seminal conceptualization of Southern History." Choice "...clearly written and closely reasoned...One Kind of Freedeom is likely to remain what it has been for a quarter-century now: the single best introduction to the economy of the early postemancipation South." H-Net Reviews

Preface
Preface to the new edition
Acknowledgements
A note to the reader
What did freedom mean?
The legacy of slavery
The myth of the prostrate South
The demise of the plantation
Agricultural reconstruction
Financial reconstruction
The emergence of the merchants' territorial monopoly
The trap of debt peonage
The roots of southern poverty
Statistical appendixes
Epilogue
A bibliography of literature on the South after 1977
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521795500
ISBN-10: 0521795508
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 488
Published: 20th November 2001
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.66
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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