According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.60% per year. Prices in 2017 are 2491.6% higher than prices in 1890.
In other words, $5 in the year 1890 is equivalent to $129.58 in 2017, a difference of $124.58 over 127 years.
Politics and news often play an important role in economic performance.
Inflation Data Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index (CPI), established in 1913. Inflation data from 1665 to 1912 is sourced from a historical study conducted by political science professor Robert Sahr at Oregon State University.