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For more than 200 years, America has turned to the decennial census to answer questions about itself. More than a mere head count, the census is the authoritative source of information on where people live, the types of families they establish, how they identify themselves, the jobs they hold, and much more. The latest census, taken at the cusp of the new millennium, gathered more information than ever before about Americans and their lifestyles. The American People, edited by respected demographers Reynolds Farley and John Haaga, provides a snapshot of those findings that is at once analytically rich and accessible to readers at all levels.

The American People addresses important questions about national life that census data are uniquely able to answer. Mary Elizabeth Hughes and Angela O'Rand compare the educational attainment, economic achievement, and family arrangements of the baby boom cohort with those of preceding generations. David Cotter, Joan Hermsen, and Reeve Vanneman find that, unlike progress made in previous decades, the 1990s were a time of stability—and possibly even retrenchment—with regard to gender equality. Sonya Tafoya, Hans Johnson, and Laura Hill examine a new development for the census in 2000: the decision to allow people to identify themselves by more than one race. They discuss how people form multiracial identities and dissect the racial and ethnic composition of the roughly seven million Americans who chose more than one racial classification. Former Census Bureau director Kenneth Prewitt discusses the importance of the census to democratic fairness and government efficiency, and notes how the high stakes accompanying the census count (especially the allocation of Congressional seats and federal funds) have made the census a lightening rod for criticism from politicians.

The census has come a long way since 1790, when U.S. Marshals setout on horseback to count the population. Today, it holds a wealth of information about who we are, where we live, what we do, and how much we have changed. The American People provides a rich, detailed examination of the trends that shape our lives and paints a comprehensive portrait of the country we live in today.

A Volume in the Russell Sage Foundation Census Series

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, About the Series, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction
  2. Reynolds Farley, John Haaga
  3. pp. vii-xiv
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  1. Part I. The Census
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. Politics and Science in Census Taking
  2. Kenneth Prewitt
  3. pp. 3-46
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  1. Part II. Economic Trends and Employment
  2. pp. 47-48
  1. 2. Diverging Fortunes: Trends in Poverty and Inequality
  2. Sheldon Danziger, Peter Gottschalk
  3. pp. 49-75
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  1. 3. Women, Men, and Work
  2. Liana C. Sayer, Philip N. Cohen, Lynne M. Casper
  3. pp. 76-106
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  1. 4. Gender Inequality at Work
  2. David A. Cotter, Joan M. Hermsen, Reeve Vanneman
  3. pp. 107-138
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  1. 5. Cohorts and Socioeconomic Progress
  2. Dowell Myers
  3. pp. 139-166
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  1. Part III. Families, Households, and Children
  2. pp. 167-168
  1. 6. Marriage and Family in a Multiracial Society
  2. Daniel T. Lichter, Zhenchao Qian
  3. pp. 169-200
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  1. 7. Trends in the Well-Being of America's Children
  2. William P. O'Hare
  3. pp. 201-223
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  1. 8. The Lives and Times of the Baby Boomers
  2. Mary Elizabeth Hughes, Angela M. O'Rand
  3. pp. 224-256
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  1. Part IV. Immigration and America's Racial Groups
  2. pp. 257-258
  1. 9. Immigration and a Changing America
  2. Mary M. Kritz, Douglas T. Gurak
  3. pp. 259-301
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  1. 10. Immigration and Fading Color Lines in America
  2. Frank D. Bean, Jennifer Lee, Jeanne Batalova, Mark Leach
  3. pp. 302-331
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  1. 11. Who Chooses to Choose Two?
  2. Sonya M. Tafoya, Hans Johnson, Laura E. Hill
  3. pp. 332-351
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  1. 12. Latinos and the Changing Face of America
  2. Rogelio Saenz
  3. pp. 352-379
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  1. 13. African Americans and the Color Line
  2. Michael A. Stoll
  3. pp. 380-414
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  1. 14. A Demographic Portrait of Asian Americans
  2. Yu Xie, Kimberly A. Goyette
  3. pp. 415-446
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 447-456
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