I am reading the Gutenberg US version fro 160 and wondered what the dollars given would translate to in modern equivalents. …
There is no modern equivalent to the value of money then and now. Going from what a labourer would earn is nothing like the reality as there was little he could spend it on but what he had to spen he could buy a lot more with.
His house floor was probably of tile no carpet so a broom and a mop would serve him for an hoover. And thus no electrical needs. There was much more timber available in those days and firewood fairly cheap if he had to buy it.
A lot more bartering was done. And while there was no TV and few other entertainments his evening were usually taken up with work.
On the other hand everything he did was a social affair.
So long as he could remain fit and active.
That was the big problem.
The further from a town you lived the less you earned and the more you managed without.
In the end though, when push came to shove you could still go and trample on some unfortunate's toes by having your government get rid of undesirables in Africa, America and wherever.