U.S. Census Population Schedules, 1900
Developed by the Office of School Services, Wisconsin
Adapted from: http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/teachers/lessons/secondary/census.asp)
copy of the 1900 U.S. Population Schedule. Answer the following questions in
writing or in discussion.
kind of document are you studying? Who collected the information?
there any parts of the document that are illegible or confusing?
lived in the community? Where did they come from?
you infer what might have brought them to this community? (If you were
to move to a new place, what might you look for?) What seems to be the
main industry in the community? How did they make their living? Can you
find some occupations that people still work at today?
can the information in this document tell you about life in 1900?
people have larger or smaller families in 1900 compared with today? Can
you think of any reasons why this might be true?
could you learn about your own community using federal census records?
Would you find any of your relatives?
you need more information to answer any of the above questions or
questions of your own?
you had to design a new federal census population schedule, what new
categories would you add and what categories would you delete?
- Calculate the percentage of the
people represented on these population schedules who were:
in another state
in another country
a pie chart illustrating the results.
the percentage of the people represented on these population schedules
with at least one parent who was born in another country ______ %
the class to see how many had a parent or grandparent born in another
country, or were themselves born in another
one household and carefully study its members (family size, occupations,
ages, level of education, property). For part 1 of this assignment,
collect the raw data and write a brief description of the household. For
the second part, answer the following questions:
parts of your description are based on facts?
parts are based on inferences?
other kinds of information would be useful? Where might you go to find
columns 11 and 12 on the population schedules. Calculate the total number of
births and, second, determine how many of these children were alive.
Examining other sources--including world almanacs and encyclopedia – to
investigate infant mortality rates in history. How do these numbers
compare with today?
column 8 and find some people younger than eighteen years old. Then look
at column 19 and find their occupation (if any). How many were "at
school"? How many had jobs? Describe these occupations. Have students
identify the youngest and oldest people who had jobs. How do these
numbers compare with today?
column 24. Does it include any people who did not speak English? Where
were they from? Did any of their relations speak English? What are the advantages of
speaking more than one language?