The Value of A Dollar

The Value of A Dollar

Colonial Era to the Civil War, 1600-1865

Book - 2005
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Following the format of the widely acclaimed, The Value of a Dollar, 1860-2004, The Value of a Dollar 1600-1859, The Colonial Era to The Civil War records the actual prices of thousands of items that consumers purchased from the Colonial Era to the Civil War. Our editorial department had been flooded with requests from users of our Value of a Dollar for the same type of information, just from an earlier time period. This new volume is just the answer – with pricing data from 1600 to 1859. Arranged into five-year chapters, each 5-year chapter includes a Historical Snapshot, Consumer Expenditures, Investments, Selected Income, Income/Standard Jobs, Food Basket, Standard Prices and Miscellany. There is also a section on Trends. This informative section charts the change in price over time and provides added detail on the reasons prices changed within the time period, including industry developments, changes in consumer attitudes and important historical facts. This fascinating survey will serve a wide range of research needs and will be useful in all high school, public and academic library reference collections.

Book News
Derks and Smith illustrate the value of the dollar during the Colonial period, the Revolutionary War, during Western expansion, and slavery, up to 1865. Each chapter has a chronology and information on social and economic issues, income, everyday household expenses for services and fees, exchange rates and inflation, the slave trade, and prices of commodities and specific items. Detailed lists of the cost of food, agriculture, and manufactured goods, and items like apparel, furniture, household products, livestock, and other goods, are based on public records. Included are conversion tables to present-day figures. This volume complements The Value of a Dollar, 1860- 2004. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Millerton, N.Y. : Grey House Pub., 2005
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781592370948
Branch Call Number: REF 338.5209 VALUE
Characteristics: 436 pages, 21 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Smith, Tony
Derks, Scott
Notes: "[This is] the first edition of The Value of a Dollar, 1600-1865. This book both parallels and compliments its popular older brother The Value of a Dollar, 1860-2004"--P. [i]
"A Universal Reference Book."


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