A Visual History of the U.S. Race Box: An interactive chart shows all the racial and ethnic Census labels from 1790 to 2010.

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A Visual History of the U.S. Race Box: An interactive chart shows all the racial and ethnic Census labels from 1790 to 2010.

Description

Over the last 200 years, as Americans became more and more diverse, the little boxes on the U.S. Census Bureau forms that attempted to classify people by race multiplied. A new interactive visualization released by the bureau shows all the racial and ethnic labels from the first census in 1790 to the 2010 census. Here’s why the bureau created this graphic, via the press release: We created this interactive timeline to establish a starting point for the public—including community stakeholders, academics and data users—to understand how race and ethnicity categories have changed over 220 years in the decennial census.

Creator

Tanvi Misra, CityLab

Date

November 2015

Type

Interactive resources

Coverage

United States

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Citation

Tanvi Misra, CityLab, “A Visual History of the U.S. Race Box: An interactive chart shows all the racial and ethnic Census labels from 1790 to 2010.,” Anti-Racism Digital Library, accessed November 23, 2020, https://sacred.omeka.net/items/show/72.