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Multiracial In America - survey results

Since the first U.S. census in 1790, the government has included race to describe the population. But the ways in which race is asked about and classified have changed from census to census, as the politics and science of race have fluctuated. This evolution reflects the central role of slavery in America’s past and the arrival of different immigrant groups, as well as changing social norms.

It wasn’t until 1960 that Americans were allowed to identify their own race on the census form. Before then, census-takers determined the race of those they counted.
And it wasn’t until 2000 that the census allowed people to check more than one race.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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