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Counting Americans: How the US Census Classified the Nation

Paul Schor


By telling how the US census classified and divided Americans by race and origin from the founding of the United States to World War II, this book shows how public statistics have been used to create an unequal representation of the nation. From the beginning, the census was a political undertaking, torn between the conflicting demands of the state, political actors, social scientists, businesses, and interest groups. Through the extensive archives of the Bureau of the Census, it traces the interactions that led to the adoption or rejection of changes in the ways different Americans were class ... More

Keywords: US census, race, origin, slaves, racialized groups, immigrants, racial categories, colonization, enslavement, segregation

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199917853
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199917853.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Schor, author
Associate Professor of American History, Université Paris Diderot

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