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TIME ON THE CROSS

by ROBERT WILLIAM FOGEL and STANLEY L. ENGERMAN

Vol. I, 286 pages. Vol. II, 267 pages.

Little, Brown. $8.95 and $1 2.50.

The young folks roll on the little cabin floor...

'Tis summer, the darkies are gay.

—Stephen Foster

If I am a better historian than other men, Jules Michelet once observed, it is because I have a larger table. The French historian's graceful bow to the supremacy of broad and easily retrievable research over insight has now been carried to devastating extremes by the authors of this provocative book. Fogel, 47,...