ISBN-10:
0300195427
ISBN-13:
9780300195422
Pub. Date:
08/25/2015
Publisher:
Yale University Press
The American Census: A Social History / Edition 2

The American Census: A Social History / Edition 2

by Margo J. AndersonMargo J. Anderson

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Overview

This book is the first social history of the census from its origins to the present and has become the standard history of the population census in the United States. The second edition has been updated to trace census developments since 1980, including the undercount controversies, the arrival of the American Community Survey, and innovations of the digital age. Margo J. Anderson’s scholarly text effectively bridges the fields of history and public policy, demonstrating how the census both reflects the country’s extraordinary demographic character and constitutes an influential tool for policy making. Her book is essential reading for all those who use census data, historical or current, in their studies or work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300195422
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 08/25/2015
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 933,397
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 3.30(d)

About the Author

Margo Anderson is Distinguished Professor of History and Urban Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and is widely regarded as a major authority on the census, both inside and outside academia.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
ix
Acknowledgments xi
List of Abbreviations
xiii
Introduction 1(6)
The Census and the New Nation: Apportionment, Congress, and the Progress of the United States
7(25)
Sectional Crisis and Census Reform in the 1850s
32(26)
Counting Slaves and Freed Blacks: War and Reconstruction by the Numbers
58(25)
The Census and Industrial American in the Gilded Age
83(33)
Building the Federal Statistical System in the Early Twentieth Century
116(15)
The Tribal Twenties Revisited: National Origins, Malapportionment, and Cheating by the Numbers
131(28)
Counting the Unemployed and the Crisis of the Great Depression
159(32)
The High-Tech Census and the Growth of the Welfare State
191(22)
The 1980 Census and the Politics of Counting
213(23)
Conclusion 236(5)
Appendix: Census Costs, Population and Apportionment Data, 1790 to 1980 241(6)
Bibliographic Essay 247(4)
Index 251

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