sorry but I'm not going to believe everything anyone says on the internet. Especially a white person who insists on using the n-word. Please put me on ignore.overwhelmingly european americans.
in 1860, there were about 3.5 to 4 million slaves in the south. 500,000 free blacks lived in the north. thats not a lot compared to other ethnic groups in the US which made up the other 26 million. (blacks have never been more than 19% of the population.) those slaves mustve been working septuple shifts in order to outpace everyone elses labor.
if slavery was so productive, why wasnt the south unbelievably rich? the american south was always poorer than the north, yet the north didnt have slaves. 90% of the industrial production at the start of the civil war was from the slave-free north.
if you want to talk about cotton, it did comprise 1/2 of the US` exports, but that wasnt very much in the grand scheme of things (6% of the GNP). yes, slaves did that. but who did the mining? the actual construction? timber industry? who laid the railroad ties? the telegraph lines?