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Two UCR professors focus of conference


Two UCR professors focus of conference

(November 15, 2000)

Editor's note: The event is not open to the public but members of the news media are welcome to attend. To attend or for more information, Call Stephen Cullenberg at (909) 787-5037, ext. 1573 or e-mail him at stephen.cullenberge@ucr.edu.

The second edition of a groundbreaking book by University of California professors Roger L. Ransom and Richard Sutch will be a major feature of the University of California Economic History Conference Nov. 17-19 at the Holiday Inn in downtown Riverside.

Ransom, a professor of history at UCR, and Economics Professor Richard Sutch will lecture about the new edition at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18 in the Imperial Room of the Holiday Inn, 3400 Market St. The Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; the departments of Economics and History; the Center for social and Economic Policy at UCR; and Cambridge University Press are sponsors.

Cambridge University Press will release the second edition of the 1977 book about post-emancipation African American economic history, titled "One Kind of Freedom," later this month.

Ransom and Sutch's work chronicled the economic consequences of emancipation and the role of newly freed slaves in reshaping the post-Civil War Southern economy. Prior to their research with the Southern Economic History Project, scholars assumed most important postwar economic, political and social changes were the product of struggles between Northern and Southern whites. Ransom and Sutch's book showed that blacks played a significant role.

The latest edition passes seven years of research and records from 11,000 southern farms through the prism of computer analysis and statistical techniques not available in the 1970s, adding scope and depth to their original. Today's edition will also have a new introduction and more extensive bibliography than that of its predecessor.

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