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

JSON Path Type Comment Example Value
[0].Transaction.Sale Details.Prices Listed int 1
[0].Transaction.Sale Details.Price float Missing values were replaced using the mean of the rest of the category" 650.0
[0].Transaction.Sale Details.Payment Method unicode Cash
[0].Transaction.Sale Details.Discount Rate float Missing values were replaced using the mean of the rest of the category 0.00602698
[0].Transaction.Sale Details.Predicted Interest Rate float 0.07477
[0].Buyer dict {u'Origin': u'Unknown, Unknown', u'State of Origin': u'Unknown', u'County of Origin': u'Unknown', u'Full Name': u'Maria Hopson'}
[0].Transaction dict {u'Date': u'10/6/1856', u'Number of Total Slaves Purchased': 1, u'Number of Adult Slaves': 1, u'Number of Child Slaves': 0, u'Sale Details': {u'Discount Rate': 0.00602698, u'Price': 650.0, u'Payment Method': u'Cash', u'Prices Listed': 1, u'Predicted Interest Rate': 0.07477}}
[0].Slave dict {u'Gender': u'M', u'Age': 40.0, u'Skin Color': u'Unknown', u'Name': u'Shadrack'}
[0].Seller dict {u'Origin': u'Unknown, AL', u'State of Origin': u'AL', u'County of Origin': u'Unknown', u'Full Name': u'Benjamin Screws'}
[0].Seller.Origin unicode Unknown, AL
[0].Seller.County of Origin unicode Unknown
[0].Seller.Full Name unicode Benjamin Screws
[0].Seller.State of Origin unicode AL
[0].Slave.Gender unicode M
[0].Slave.Age float Ages that are represented as -1 stand for ages that were not available in the data that was collected. 40.0
[0].Slave.Skin Color unicode Unknown
[0].Slave.Name unicode Shadrack
[0].Buyer.Origin unicode Unknown, Unknown
[0].Buyer.County of Origin unicode Unknown
[0].Buyer.Full Name unicode Maria Hopson
[0].Buyer.State of Origin unicode Unknown
[0].Transaction.Date unicode 10/6/1856
[0].Transaction.Number of Total Slaves Purchased int 1
[0].Transaction.Number of Adult Slaves int 1
[0].Transaction.Number of Child Slaves int 0
[0].Transaction.Sale Details dict {u'Discount Rate': 0.00602698, u'Price': 650.0, u'Payment Method': u'Cash', u'Prices Listed': 1, u'Predicted Interest Rate': 0.07477}