Slaves rep­re­sented enor­mous eco­nomic value

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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

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