On Slave Longevity in the American South

By Jeffrey Hummel

 

The life expectancy of a slave in the Old South was greater than that of the average person in Europe. Life expectancy was 36 years -- slightly less than rural free whites, but comparable to urban populations. --Jeffrey Rogers Hummel, Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men: A History of the American Civil War, Open Court 1996.

 

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