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Social Composition of Detroit, 1880-1900 (ICPSR 8200)

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This data collection consists of detailed examinations of various facets of life in Detroit in the years from 1880 through 1900. Data from 13 different primary sources (such as the manuscript censuses) were collected to analyze the effect that technological innovation and the environmental change that went with it had on the American social structure. Detroit is seen as a city that experienced all the problems of industrialization, as well as the advantages. It had a diverse ethnic population and grew rapidly in the years from 1880-1900. In addition to 1880 and 1900 census information, the study variables elicit information pertaining to the lifestyles, work experiences, and nationalities of people employed in various trades, including furniture making, railroad work, and vehicle manufacturing. The files on land use in 1880 and 1900 contain information on the number, type, and use of buildings in a given block. The files entitled, Charities and Women, contain information on nationality of respondents, their health and the health of their children, their current and previous residences, income, and property owned.

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DS1:  1880 Census Data - Download All Files (10.8 MB)
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DS2:  1900 Census Data - Download All Files (13.6 MB)
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DS3:  Furniture Makers - Download All Files (9.1 MB)
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DS4:  Iron - Download All Files (9.5 MB)
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DS5:  Railroad Workers - Download All Files (9.1 MB)
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DS6:  Owners of Hack and Bus Lines - Download All Files (9 MB)
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DS7:  Employees of Hack and Bus Lines - Download All Files (9 MB)
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DS8:  Street Railway Employees - Download All Files (9.1 MB)
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DS9:  Vehicle Manufacturing - Download All Files (9 MB)
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DS10:  Land Use 1880 - Download All Files (9.1 MB)
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DS11:  Land Use 1900 - Download All Files (9.9 MB)
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DS12:  Charities - Download All Files (9.1 MB)
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DS13:  Women - Download All Files (9 MB)
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Citation

Zunz, Olivier. SOCIAL COMPOSITION OF DETROIT, 1880-1900. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia [producer], 198?. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1984. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08200.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   census data, cities, culture change, educational background, environmental impact, ethnicity, family, health, households, immigrants, industrialization, jobs, lifestyles, manufacturing industry, marital status, nationality, nineteenth century, occupations, social change, social history, social structure, socioeconomic status, technological change, urban population, urbanization, work experience

Geographic Coverage:   Detroit, Michigan, United States

Time Period:  

  • 1880--1900

Data Types:   census/enumeration data

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  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 14 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 14 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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