The Greatest American Generation was Actually the Internal Slave Trade Blacks (They Made a Handful of States Richer Than Most of the World in a Few Years!)

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http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/30/king-cottons-long-shadow/

“Between 1820 and 1860 more than a million enslaved people were transported from the upper to the lower South, the vast majority by the venture-capitalist slave traders the slaves called “soul drivers.” The first wave cleared the region for cultivation. “Forests were literally dragged out by the roots,” the former slave John Parker remembered in “His Promised Land.” Those who followed planted the fields in cotton, which they then protected, picked, packed and shipped — from “sunup to sundown” every day for the rest of their lives.”

“In 1860, 5 of the 10 wealthiest states in the US are slave states…As a separate nation in 1860, the South by itself would have been world’s 4th wealthiest, ahead of everyone in Europe but England. Italy did not have an equivalent level of per capita wealth until after WWII; the South’s per capita growth rate was 1.7%, 1840-60… and among the greatest in history.”

from Walter Johnson, “King Cotton’s Long Shadow,” NY Times (4/30/13):

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