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Race and the U.S. Census: 1790 through 2020

Presented by Hinckley Institute at Hinckley Institute, Salt Lake City UT

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Feb 26 2020
Race and the U.S. Census: 1790 through 2020

Join us as we explore how the census has been both a tool to strengthen communities, exclude and target communities, and what needs to be done in 2020 to ensure the U.S. Census is both fair and accurate.

The U.S. government conducted the first census in 1790 under the guidance of Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson. At the time, there were three racial categories: “free white male/free white female,” “slave,” or “other free person.” While the U.S. Census has come a long way, it still has a long, complicated history with race. The census was used to count African Americans as three-fifths a person, send Japanese Americans to internment camps during World War II, and identify

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