Changes in the Legacy of Slavery Relationship

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About the Project

Despite the persistence of relationships between historical racial violence and White advantage/Black disadvantage in the United States, research also indicates that the slavery-inequality relationship has changed over time. In our work, we seek to understand the nature of this changing relationship.

In our most recent research, we employ panel data for southern counties spanning 1900 to 2010 to examine changes in the magnitude of the slavery-inequality relationship using Integrated Nested Laplace Approximation (INLA) models that account for spatial and temporal autocorrelation simultaneously. These results complement existing efforts to understand the historical foundations of Black-White inequality by providing guidance necessary to identify intervening mechanisms and the ways in which they affect the legacy of slavery.

Support for our research comes from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Demography and Ecology center grant (P2C HD047873) and training grant (T32 HD007014), the Minnesota Population Center grant (P2C HD041023), and the Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station.


Heather A. O'Connell, PhD Assistant Professor of Sociology at Louisiana State University
Katherine J. Curtis, PhD Professor of Community & Environmental Sociology at UW-Madison
Jack DeWaard, PhD Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota
Junho Lee, PhD Postdoctoral Researcher at Baylor University
Alex Mikulas, MS PhD Student


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