After many years since slavery was abolished, its legacy still live with the
people. The political legacy for example is still felt and according to
research it has been found that the white Southerners who live today in the
Cotton Belt where slavery and the plantation economy dominated are much more
likely to express more negative attitudes toward blacks than their fellow
Southerners who live in nearby areas that had few slaves. Residents of these
former slavery strongholds are also more likely to identify as Republican and
to express opposition to race-related policies such as affirmative action.