Slavery had a very large affect on what the us is today. The level of wealth experienced these days are only of the old slave and plantation owners. Imagine 500 years of free labor. In fact from the American Revolution to the Civil War white American's only mission and common law was that every able body white person assist in slave catching. Now today in Black America we still feel the pressure to be caught. Slavery greatly affected the attitude towards true freedom to African decendants. Research Black Wall Street.