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Enslavers dominated Southern politics long after the Civil War ended
Luna Bellani, Anselm Hager and Stephan E. Maurer
October 2020
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Tags: social mobility; growth; equality

Before the Civil War, the politics and economy of the Southern US were dominated by those who practiced immoral - but at the time legally permissible - forced enslavement. In new research, Luna Bellani, Anselm Hager, and Stephan Maurer find that the power of enslavers continued following the end of the Civil War. By examining a database of Texas legislators from 1860 to 1900, they determine that by 1900, about half of all lawmakers still came from families which had held people in slavery.