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1890 Census


Consider These Questions


1. Why do you suppose the government wanted an enumeration of surviving Civil War soldiers and widows?

2. Why did the categories on the forms change over time, and what do those changes tell us about the specific times that each of the forms came from?

3. Compare and contrast: What are the key important similarities and differences between the forms?

4. What is your overall sense about the likelihood of achieving accuracy on these forms for counting and gathering data about the population?

Image of 1890 Census
Image of 1890 Census

U.S. Census Bureau

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