The economics of slavery in three graphs

Labor Income Value of Owning a Slave in 2011 Prices

Economic Status of Owning a Slave in 2011 Prices

Wealth in Slaves in Trillions of 2011 dollars as Measured by the Share of the GDP

Helps explain why the south fought so hard to maintain slavery. All three graphs from “Measuring Slavery in 2011” by Williamson and Cain. Click on the images to go directly to the source document.

 

 

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