“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

It’s always the same map.

Here from Brad Delong is the map of the percentage who were slave by county in 1861


here is the corresponding area of a map of intergenerational relative income mobility by county from R Chetty 2014 (warning pdf)

update: link updated thanks to Amanda. thanks


Here is a map of male life expectancy at birth lifeexp

It’s not past yet.

pulled back from comments. Thanks Marko

March 17, 2014 12:11 am
You see that pattern a lot in maps of various social and economic indicators. Here’s a couple more :

Poverty :



Inequality – Gini index :


It’s like Haiti. The slaves there were the first to stage a revolt , and they’ll probably still be paying for it 100 years from now.

There is no such thing as human progress. People don’t change , ever.

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