If Slavery never existed would the United States be demographically different today than it is?
- Greg ToolsonLv 79 months agoFavorite Answer
If slavery never existed a lot of things would be different, not only demographics in the USA. Slavery has been the backbone of human civilization throughout history and without it societies may not yet have even progressed to the point of uniting the Eastern and Western hemispheres.
But if you mean specifically the African slave-trade in American history, then I'm sure the country's current demographics would be significantly different. Though, no doubt African peoples would have sooner or later immigrated to America, just as people from every other country have.
- Anonymous9 months ago
Yes but the economy would not be as strong since slaves picked cotton and improved the economy.
- j153eLv 79 months ago
Chattel slavery is the type of ownership by one human or entity of another; indentured service is not chattel slavery. Both were susceptible to horrific abuse by owners or masters.
The athletic fitness of American blacks is primarily a function of the survival of the strongest in trans-Atlantic slave-carrying ships (some estimates of 50% mortality).
Some African nations specialized in capturing and enslaving Africans for sale in chattel slavery (e.g., Dahomey).
Other African nations owned slaves in a manner similar to New World slavery: i.e., able slaves became servants and artisans.
A key distinction, likely race-based, was that in African slave-owning countries, the enslavement of generations of a family was comparatively rare; in the New World, slaves' children and descendants also continued in slavery.
Irish indentured servants were transported in the hundreds of thousands to the New World, where their work served to earn them freedom and citizenship status. Indentured servants from Europe mostly volunteered to come to the New World and work for a few (3-5) years, and gain their freedom. Indentured servants from Africa (the first wave of Africans in the New World, in North America, were indentured) were mostly brought against their will.
Ironically, the first black American to be legally declared a slave for life was owned by a black American who had gained his freedom as an indentured servant: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/horrible...
So, considering only the absence of chattel slavery, about 10% of the U.S. population would be missing. Due to various societal causes, the black American group is presently very dysfunctional, in terms of violence, and lack of educational and vocational achievement. This has been the case since the early 1960s, about 60 years or three generations. Prior to the 1960s, black Americans, or Negroes, were primarily of stable, two-parent families, which respected education and God, and did not seek to cross the "color line" (with the exception of light-hued Negroes who "passed"). It is possible that, after some further time, the dysfunctional aspects of the integration of the two races, which is mostly shown by black Americans, will resolve into the more functional two-parent, educationally and vocationally oriented pattern shown by white and black subgroups up through the 1950s.
Imho, any further payments to black Americans ought be limited to functional programs, such as teaching vocational skill sets, respect for parents and authority, and school choice options, and focused not on those black Americans who are middle-class, but on those black Americans who are in lower-middle class and poverty. An example of what works: https://nypost.com/2019/07/01/entire-bronx-success...
- bluLv 79 months ago
Yes, Blacks were forced into American society as slaves.
It's safe to conclude, since many of America's sports records were achieved by Blacks, America wouldn't have the rich successful history it enjoys today. The accomplishments of Black athletes are particularly impressive considering their late start of acceptance into American athletics.
It's amazing how humble they are considering what they achieved against so much adversity.
I see white supremacists pervasive in America today.
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- Anonymous9 months ago
Yes and the US would have a lot fewer racial and social problems.
- Anonymous9 months ago
The pyramids wouldn't of be made
- ObserverLv 79 months ago
Yes, without slavery there would have been no slaves brought here from Africa and no slave markets, which implies there would have been not blacks in this country until much later, possibly not until after World War I.
- 9 months ago
Slavery has exsisted for thousands, upon thousands of years. We don't know when slavery first started, but it was it was in full use before the start of the Egyptian Empire in 3.000 B.C.E. That's 5,000 years ago.
So not only would the United states be completely different. But the entirety of our history will be completely different, our modern most likely wouldn't even resemble what we have now.
- PearlLv 79 months ago
anything is possible