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War and wealth: economic opportunity before and after the Civil War, 1850-1870

Jaworski, Taylor (2009) War and wealth: economic opportunity before and after the Civil War, 1850-1870. Economic History Working Papers (114/09). Department of Economic History, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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This study uses two samples of linked adult males to examine wealth accumulation by region and occupation between 1850 and 1870. Consistent with past research, the findings here show that wealth accumulation was substantial in the South in the 1850s and stagnant in the 1860s. The findings also suggest improvement in the wealth position of white-collar professionals and blue-collar workers across the entire period, including the Civil War decade, while farmers suffered in the immediate postbellum period. Finally, the value of slaves in 1860 was positively correlated with wealth in 1870, with implications for the legacy of slavery.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2009 Taylor Jaworski
Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
E History America > E151 United States (General)
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2009 15:33
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2020 01:02

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