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Why is the Census Important to Historians?

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The decennial census goes back to 1790 and is a tangible record of the people living in the United States. For historians, this record can help trace family histories, track societal changes over decades, and provide information about individuals throughout history who have few records left behind such as immigrants, people of color, and the […]

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Census 2020

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All the way back in 1790, the very first census asked for just six things: the name of the head of the household, the number of free white males over 16, free white males under 16, free white females, all other free persons, and enslaved people in the household. Enslaved people were counted as three-fifths […]

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The Royal Order of Half Wits

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Half-wit is not usually a term that people tend to use to describe themselves. However, one group from Cañon City decided it was precisely the correct word for their society. Known as the Royal Order of Half Wits, the group met each summer to go on trips and dance together and have a “general good […]

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The World As a Classroom

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By Kodee Summers Traveling the world is a dream for many people. They want to experience a different culture and get to experience a day in the life of another. Many of us don’t get to experience different cultures at a young age. However, when foreign exchange programs fully came into practice in 1876, students […]