40 acres, a mule, and … $5.9 trillion in reparations just for stolen labor alone 

A researcher at the University of Connecticut recently published a new estimate of the value of U.S. slave labor in the 89 years from the country’s founding until the end of the Civil War. Based on the wages paid to laborers in the antebellum period and assuming an average of 12 hours of work a day, seven days a week, the researcher, Thomas Craemer, concluded that U.S. slave labor would be worth roughly $5.9 trillion today.

That is equal to the 10-year cost of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s most recent tax plan, and it is significantly less than the price tag on former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’s health-care plan. [link]

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