Was Slave Torture the Foundation of the American Economy?

12/12/2016 - Distinguished Research Professor of Economics Alan Olmstead in the Washington Post.

Olmstead and other prominent economists do not dispute that torture of slaves occurred. But the ratcheting up of torture alone, they argue, could not account for the more than threefold increase in the amount of cotton each slave picked per day between 1801 and 1862.

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