About a week before the war began, the Census Bureau reported that the wealth of the most affluent fifth of Americans grew 14 percent during the eighties while the wealth of the remaining four-fifths remained static.
The median net worth of white families was 43,280 dollars.
The median net worth of black families was 4,170 dollars.
29 percent of black households reported that they had no wealth.
29 percent of white households reported wealth in excess of 100,000 dollars.
One percent of households controlled one-third of the wealth.