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From Appearance to Identity: How Census Data Collection Changed Race in America

Publicizing the release of the 1940 U.S. Census data, LIFE magazine released photographs of Census enumerators collecting data from household members.  Yep, Census enumerators. For almost 200 years, the U.S. counted people and recorded information about them in person, by sending out a representative of the U.S. government to evaluate them directly. It wasn’t until 1980 that the government decided to collect Census data by mail-in survey.
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Time Traveling with 1940 Census Data

Technology : ReadWriteWeb (2 years ago)

Big data is usually discussed in terms of its applicability to business or scientific research, but it can be valuable for much more. Consider, for instance, the release of the 1940 census data by the U.S. National Archives earlier ... Read Post

Strata Week: New life for an old census

Technology : O'Reilly Radar (2 years ago)

In this week's data news, the National Archives releases the data from the 1940 Census, the federal government outlines its big data plans, and an app uproar leads to good thinking on privacy and sharing. Read Post

From Appearance to Identity: How Census Data Collection Changed Race in America

Academics / Sociology : Sociological Images (2 years ago)

For the last week of December, we’re re-posting some of our favorite posts from 2012. Originally cross-posted at Global Policy TV. Publicizing the release of the 1940 U.S. Census data, LIFE magazine released photographs of Census en... Read Post


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