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US per capita GDP from late 1800s to 2011, in 2011 dollars; y axis is logarithmic

The data follow almost a straight line, slanting upwards, except for a dip at the Great Depression and a slight bump in WWII. But the data don’t exactly follow a straight line: they slope upwards more steeply after WWII than before.

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