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Auction 190, Lot 707

Comprehensive 1910 Census Report on African-Americans in the United States

"Bulletin 129 Negroes in the United States", U.S. Gov't Printing Office

Subject: Document - African-Americans

Period: 1915 (published)


Color: Black & White

9 x 11.5 inches
22.9 x 29.2 cm
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This comprehensive Census report was compiled due to the dispersed nature of information on African-Americans among various Census documents focused on more general subjects. Sections on population, occupations, agriculture, and mortality provide extensive detail on the status of African-Americans with geographical variation noted. A review of the data revealed that both African-American males and females were more likely to be gainfully employed than whites, and were more likely to be married across all ages. Illiteracy was 30% among African-Americans, a sharp reduction from the 1890 Census, but still far above the national average of 7.4%. Mortality rates were substantially higher for African-Americans than for whites. The section on “Negro Religious Bodies” is especially detailed. Produced under the direction of William Harris, Director of the Census. First edition. 53 pages of text followed by 154 pages of tables. Hardbound in red cloth with gilt title on the spine.


Condition: B+

Contents have pleasant light toning throughout. There are library stamps on a few text pages and the title page, along with a withdrawn sticker on the front pastedown. Front hinge is broken and the rear hinge is starting. Covers have average wear with some sunning and a few ink notations on the front board.

Estimate: $160 - $190

Sold for: $160

Closed on 11/16/2022