In this seminar, participants will eview the U.S. Census from its constitutional origins to its present day status as an essential tool of government social policy, and academic social science. Topics include: the decennial census, the specialized censuses, such as the Census of Agriculture, that grew out of this count, and the recent replacement of the “long form” with the American Community Survey. Along the way, the seminar will cover census questionnaires, census records (a primary source for historical and genealogical research), and the variety of statistical products produced by the Census Bureau. Participants will also get hands-on practice working with census data.
Seminar led by Geoff Swindells, Northwestern University