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1970 Census


Consider These Questions


1. Why was the enumerator instructed only to ask married or previously married women whether they had any children? In what ways might this affect the census count?

2. Why did the categories on the forms change over time, and what do those changes tell us about the specific times that each of the forms came from?

3. Compare and contrast: What are the key important similarities and differences between the forms?

4. What is your overall sense about the likelihood of achieving accuracy on these forms for counting and gathering data about the population?

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U.S. Census Bureau

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