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Historical Inquiry with the Statistical Atlas of the United States (1870) State Population Chart

Historical Inquiry Population Chart Activity icon

This activity features a primary source from the Fed's online archive, FRASER. The Statistical Atlas of the United States Based on the Results of the Ninth Census, 1870 includes a "Chart Showing the Principal Constituent Elements of the Population of Each State" that details U.S. population distribution by race. This activity reviews the layout and format of the chart and provides historical inquiry questions divided into four sections: observe, reflect, question, and analyze. The chart may be used to introduce and engage students in historical inquiry and to reflect about race in the United States.

•  Activity (pdf)

Supplemental material:
•  State Population Chart (pdf)

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Audience:   High School, Middle School
Language:   English
Subjects:   History, Geography
Resource Types:   Activity, Primary Source Documents
Concepts:   Human Capital, Factors of Production/Productive Resources