The Political Legacy of American Slavery

  title={The Political Legacy of American Slavery},
  author={Avidit Acharya and Matthew Blackwell and Maya Sen},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={621 - 641}
  • Avidit Acharya, Matthew Blackwell, Maya Sen
  • Published 2016
  • The Journal of Politics
  • We show that contemporary differences in political attitudes across counties in the American South in part trace their origins to slavery’s prevalence more than 150 years ago. Whites who currently live in Southern counties that had high shares of slaves in 1860 are more likely to identify as a Republican, oppose affirmative action, and express racial resentment and colder feelings toward blacks. We show that these results cannot be explained by existing theories, including the theory of… CONTINUE READING
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