Measuring Slavery in 2016 Dollars

The essay on measuring slavery has been updated and is now titled “Measuring Slavery in 2016 Dollars.” This is one of the most popular pages on the MeasuringWorth website and has been visited by over 25,000 different viewers this year. Here is the description of the essay:
“Slavery in the United States 150 years ago was an institution that had a large impact on the economic, political and social fabric on the country. This paper gives an idea of its economic magnitude in today’s values. Using MeasuringWorth indicators, the relative value in 2016 of $400 in 1850 (the average price of a slave that year) ranges from $12,500 to $205,000.”
As I know many users are putting the results in their publications, I felt it was important that we use the latest values available. Links to the two earlier versions of the paper are available in the first footnote.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact me.

Samuel H. Williamson
President of MeasuringWorth
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