Two Volumes: the lessons of Time on the Cross

(This is a talk from a January 2019 panel at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association. You probably need to know, to read it, that the MLA conference was simultaneously taking place about 20 blocks north.) Disciplinary lessons The panel that became this conversation started when John Theibault tweeted that digital history doesn't see Fogel and Engerman's Time on the Cross as part of its core history. I participated because I–and some of the grad students I've taught–remembered that I did make them reckon with Time on the Cross (TotC) as part of the genealogy of digital history, early in each semester.