Dec 10, 2010
War Coverage, 150 Years Later
It shows the numbers and proportion of the slave populations in the Southern States in 1861 as the war started.
Alabama's population was 45.1% slave...and five Black Belt counties had populations that were 3/4 or more slave: Greene, Sumter, Marengo, Dallas and Wilcox.
The entire State of South Carolina---the first to leave The Union, was majority slave.
[UPDATE: an AP story about the very topic of slavery and South Carolina is in the Montgomery Advertiser here.]