Demographics Are Changing Slower Than We Thought
Lyman Stone
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The reason the Census asks the race question is because for the first 8 Decennials persons of African Ancestry who were in bondage counted as only 3/5s of a person. This situation changed w/ the 9th Decennial & every one since. This is the only question other than Name, Birthdate /Age, Gender & Relation to Heads of Household that has been asked since the beginning.