Post‐Emancipation Adjustments

Stanley L. Engerman

in The Oxford Handbook of Slavery in the Americas

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199227990
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History

 Post‐Emancipation Adjustments

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The demise of slavery in the Western hemisphere unfolded in a remarkably short period of time, in roughly 100 years. Yet, the various emancipations hardly realized the rosy scenario predicted by their most ardent advocates. The history of post-emancipation societies poses multiple questions — some unanswered, others the matter of continuing debate — about the meaning of freedom and the costs borne by different groups of historical actors. This article begins with a discussion of the ending of slavery and its aftermath. It then considers post-emancipation economic performance, and education and human capital formation in the post-emancipation period.

Keywords: slavery; economic performance; education; human capital formation; post-emancipation period; freedom

Article.  7861 words. 

Subjects: History ; Slavery and Abolition of Slavery

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