I really don't know if capitalism helped end slavery or prolonged it; On one hand, the invention of the cotton gin helped extinguished the need for slave laborers to picked cotton and the North was economically more prosperous than agricultural south. Err, perhaps this was this because most of the slaves were unskilled laborers and the labor force in the North had more skilled laborers ? On the other hand, up until the invention of the cotton gin, since the south economy was primarily an agricultural economy, could one say that the cotton industry benefitted from slavery. Slavery still exists today in the world but it is mainly concentrated in non-capitalistic nations, but then again, a portion of Wal-mart's work force , one might say work on "slave wages". What do you think? Do you think Capitalism helped end slavery in most of the world or do you think it has just transferred much of the slave labor work force into another part of the world?