Down and Out in Early America

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01:47 MEASURING INEQUALITY America in the 18 th  century was the best place for poor people to do well and  prosper, “best poor man’s country” Slave owners claimed they treated their slaves better than the white laborers  were treated in Europe Was he 18 th  century America the “best poor man’s country?” 1. Life expectancies By the late 18 th  century, the life expectancy for white Americans at the  moment of their birth was 20 yrs longer than the life expectancy of their  European counterparts 2. Birth rates After 1730, both the white and black population in America was growing  naturally American colonies were healthy enough that people could reproduce and  women could carry to term 3. Diets Most Americans ate cereals; slaves had mostly corn Slaves undoubtedly ate less protein than servants of poor whites in America,  though probably more protein than many European poor folk 4. Heights Army took down heights of people who joined (records of heights) White Americans were the tallest people in the world (avg. 5’8”); 2 inches  taller than white Europeans By 1776, black Americans had closed the height gap between themselves and 
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This note was uploaded on 01/26/2011 for the course HIST 156 taught by Professor Bradbury during the Fall '08 term at Maryland.

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