Putting Jefferson's Debt in Today's Terms

We've all heard that Jefferson died over $100,000 in debt. But how much is that in today's money? In an excerpt from a talk he recently gave at Monticello's Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, Professor Herbert Sloan addresses the difficulties one faces in translating historic values into modern terms.

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  • Professor Sloan's entire talk on Jefferson's shopping habits and his debt can be found here.