Would Southern Slavery Have Survived the Civil War? | Take on the South - Episode 5


Dr. Walter Edgar, Dr. Peter A. Coclanis, Associate Provost, International Affairs, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Dr. Stanley Engerman, John Munro Professor of Economics, Professor of Economics and Professor of History, University of Rochester, will debate Would Southern Slavery Have Survived the Civil War?


Dr. Peter Coclanis
Associate Provost, International Affairs
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Peter A. Coclanis is Associate Provost for International Affairs and Albert R. Newsome Professor of History at UNC-Chapel Hill. After taking his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1984, he joined the faculty at Chapel Hill and has been there ever since. He specializes in southern, Southeast Asian, and international economic and business history and has published widely in these fields. His first book, The Shadow of a Dream: Economic Life and Death in the South Carolina Low Country, 1670-1920 (Oxford University Press, 1989) won the Society of American Historians' Allan Nevins Prize. He is currently completing a book, based on his 2006 Averitt Lectures at Georgia Southern University, entitled Home and the World: Perspectives on the Economic History of the American South (University of Georgia Press, 2010).

Stanley L. Engerman
Professor of Economics and Professor of History
University of Rochester

Stanley L. Engerman is John H. Munro Professor of Economics and Professor of History at the University of Rochester, where he has taught since 1963 after one year as Assistant Professor at Yale University. He received a B.S. (in accounting) from the School of Commerce at New York University in 1952, an M.B.A from NYU's Graduate School of Business in 1958, and a Ph.D. in economics from The Johns Hopkins University in 1962. 

Engerman has been past president of the Economic History Association and the Social Science History Association. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the W.E.B Du Bois Institute for African and African - American Research at Harvard University. In addition, he is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economics Association and has been Pitt Professor of American Institutions at Cambridge University. 

Author of Slavery, Emancipation and Freedom: Comparative Studies (the Fleming Lectures), he is co-author (with Robert W. Fogel) of Time on the Cross: The Economics of American Negro Slavery, and (with Lance E. Davis) Naval Blockades in Peace and War. He is also co-editor of, among other works, The Reinterpretation of American Economic History (with Robert W. Fogel); A Historical Guide to World Slavery (with Seymour Drescher) and the 3-volume Cambridge Economic History of the United States (with Robert Gallman). Currently in progress are the 4-volume Cambridge History of World Slavery (with David Eltis), and Factor Endowments, Institutions, and Economic Growth (with Kenneth Sokoloff). He has also been author or co-author of over 100 articles dealing with slavery, abolition, and world economic history.

Ask the Expert

Harry Watson, Ph.D.
Professor and Director
Center for the Study of the American South
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Fitzhugh Brundage, Ph.D.
William B. Umstead Professor of History
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Larry Hudson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
University of Rochester




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