The Value of a Dollar 1600-1865 Colonial to Civil War Review

“This source is an engaging statistical summary…An earlier, parallel source, The Value of a Dollar, Prices and Incomes in the United States, 1860-2004 was published in 2004. Although these two titles are close cousins, the information presented in them was drawn from two separate types of source material. The Value of a Dollar, 1860-2004 relied heavily on commercial publications such as product catalogs, sales fliers and magazine advertisements. Material for The Value of a Dollar: Colonial Era to the Civil War, 1600-1865 came from public sources such as probate records, land sale documents, and governmental publications.
The Value of a Dollar: Colonial Era to the Civil War, 1600-1865 will find a happy audience among students, researchers, and general browsers. It offers a fascinating and detailed look at early American history from the viewpoint of everyday people trying to make ends meet. This title and the earlier publication, The Value of a Dollar, 1860-2004, complement each other very well, and readers will appreciate finding them side-by-side on the shelf.”

“Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through scholars in economic and social history; writers; general public.”

“…The Value of a Dollar, 1600-1865 is a unique reference work suitable for academic, public, and special libraries.”
- Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship

“…Students will find it useful when researching such information as how much a slave cost in pre-Civil War America, or the price of a horse or a pair of gloves…”
-Pennsylvania School Library Association