Slaves represented enormous economic value
Why is professor O’Brien trying to minimize the economic impact of slavery in the United States? (“Your View by Lehigh professor emeritus: How indispensable was slavery to U.S. economic growth?,” Sept 14.) Yes, only 400,000 slaves were brought to our shores, but there were almost 4 million slaves by 1860.
The economic value of those human beings was enormous, representing the highest asset in the country, worth more than all manufacturing. As a proponent of a free market system, surely professor O’Brien should understand how capital assets lead to more wealth.
Richard Weisman Lower Saucon Township