Overview

This dataset has financial records of New Orleans slave sales, 1856-1861. There are almost 16,000 sales recorded in this dataset.

Calomiris, Charles W., and Jonathan Pritchett. 2016. "Betting on Secession: Quantifying Political Events Surrounding Slavery and the Civil War." American Economic Review, 106(1): 1-23.

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Field Descriptions

Key List of... Comment Example Value
Age Real number Ages that are represented as -1 stand for ages that were not available in the data that was collected. 40.0
Buyer.County of Origin String "Unknown"
Buyer.Full Name String "Maria Hopson"
Buyer.Origin String "Unknown, Unknown"
Buyer.State of Origin String "Unknown"
Date String "10/6/1856"
Discount Rate Real number Missing values were replaced using the mean of the rest of the category 0.00602698
Gender String "M"
Name String "Shadrack"
Number of Adult Slaves Integer number 1
Number of Child Slaves Integer number 0
Number of Total Slaves Purchased Integer number 1
Payment Method String "Cash"
Predicted Interest Rate Real number 0.07477
Price Real number Missing values were replaced using the mean of the rest of the category" 650.0
Prices Listed Integer number 1
Seller.County of Origin String "Unknown"
Seller.Full Name String "Benjamin Screws"
Seller.Origin String "Unknown, AL"
Seller.State of Origin String "AL"
Skin Color String "Unknown"