The Economics of Slavery in the Ante Bellum South

  title={The Economics of Slavery in the Ante Bellum South},
  author={Alfred H. Conrad and John Robert Meyer},
  journal={Journal of Political Economy},
  pages={95 - 130}
I. OBJECTIVES AND METHODS T HE outstanding economic haracteristics of southern agriculture before the Civil War were a high degree of specialization and virtually exclusive reliance on a slave labor force. The largescale, commercial dependence upon slave labor was to distinguish the ante bellum South not only from other regions in its own time but from all regions at all other times in American agricultural history. Because of this unique historical status, ante bellum southern agriculture has… 
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