BENNY JOHNSON (HOST): First off, the slave population in America at its peak was only 2 percent of the country. Slavery was regressive for the economy of the south.
Slavery was already an archaic afterthought at the time of the American founding, and the majority of people at the Constitutional Convention wanted to do away with it with the stroke of a pen. That had to wait a couple of years towards the Civil War, where 500,000 Americans, predominantly white Americans, perhaps exclusively white Americans with rare exceptions fought to make the Constitution whole and to free those slaves forever in this country.
So, no, actually slaves did not build America, and America did everything including sacrificing its young sons by the hundreds of thousands in order to get rid of that practice. Slavery was a regressive practice in the south, and no, slaves did not build America. In fact, America succeeded in spite of slavery, not because of it.