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Economic Thought and Occupational Structure in Four Middle Western Cities, 1850-1860 (ICPSR 7456) RSS

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Summary:

This study is a collection of economic and occupational data obtained from original manuscript returns for the 1850 and 1860 United States censuses. Separate random samples of individuals with listed occupations were drawn from both censuses for each the following four Midwestern cities: Chicago, Illinois, Cincinnati, Ohio, Galena, Illinois, and Indianapolis, Indiana. Variables include age, sex, occupation, value of real property and personal property owned, and place of birth.

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Citation

Abbott, Carl. Economic Thought and Occupational Structure in Four Middle Western Cities, 1850-1860. ICPSR07456-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1979. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07456.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • University of Chicago. Social Sciences Division

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   census data, economic conditions, employment, history, nineteenth century, occupations, personal wealth

Geographic Coverage:   Chicago, Cincinnati, Galena, Illinois, Indiana, Indianapolis, Ohio, United States

Time Period:  

  • 1850
  • 1860

Universe:   Employed persons aged 15 and older who resided in Chicago, Illinois, Cincinnati, Ohio, Galena, Illinois, and Indianapolis, Indiana in 1850 and/or 1860.

Data Types:   census/enumeration data

Data Collection Notes:

The data file includes eight text lines delimiting the eight data subsections, by city and census year.

Although the original documentation states that the 1850 Census only records occupations for males, the 1850 data contain several cases coded as females.

Methodology

Sample:   Eight separate random samples were drawn of individuals residing in Chicago, Illinois, Cincinnati, Ohio, Galena, Illinois, and Indianapolis, Indiana, for whom occupations were listed in the 1850 and 1860 United States censuses.

Data Source:

SEVENTH CENSUS OF THE UNITED STATES, 1850, and EIGHTH CENSUS OF THE UNITED STATES, 1860

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