Sure there are some of you insisting that slavery kept the black man down, but I'm here to challenge that assertion by claiming that slavery got shit done for the benefit of all Americans.
The following does come from a member of another forum who lists his name as 'Militant Black'.
The United States of America is able to feed it's population very well, and at the same time it's able to feed many outsiders as well.
This is extraordinary considering the fact that only 3% of the U.S's population is in the agriculture field. Even less are doing the actual farming. For this kind of thing to happen, the U.S. has to develop VERY advanced methods of agriculture. In fact, the lives of 97% of Americans depends on the sustenance produced by said farmers, as they can not grow food themselves.
Now lets look at the black contribution to agriculture, number one, black Africans in Africa have had so many contributions through many of their agarian societies it's baffling. But, the question is about slavery. Slaves in the U.S. were all there was to do with agriculture for a long while. They continued to make new and improved methods of agricultural cultivation. Even as uneducated beasts of burden without the many agricultural innovations of African slaves, the U.S. would in NO WAY be able to sustain it's population for over 300 million people.
Also, let's not forget the disease ridden America that existed in colonial times; yellow fever and other diseases ran amuck. And yes Whites cured their own diseases too, but many, such as yellow fever were cured by blacks. Blacks invented and brought over many methods of cleaning one's self such as soaps, shampoos and much more that prevented countless more disease outbreaks.
Then there is the architectural/building projects done by blacks especially in the southern region of the U.S. So many agricultural designs of the Southernmost states comes from Africa. Such as the large agricultural plantations, porches that extend from the house providing protection against the elements and so much more.
Slaves were responsible for landscaping so that environmental barriers are no longer there for the precious WHITE man (many died from disease and infection doing this). Blacks were soon freed and put to welfare project building even more for this ungrateful nation just to be able to provide for their families. Its not as if Whites would have given them educational opportunities, so the blacks learned most of what would benefit America and themselves as a whole because of their slavery.
Why is it that many mostly elite liberal Whites deny that America would be much WORSE off without slavery?