Principal Investigator(s): Fogel, Robert W.; Engerman, Stanley, L.
This study recorded information on deaths that occurred in 1850 in seven states of the southern United States: Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. The data were obtained from the manuscript mortality schedules of the 1850 United States Census. Variables identify the state and county in which each death occurred, and provide information on the age, sex, race, legal status (free or slave), place of birth, and occupation of the deceased. The month and cause of death as well as the number of days of illness before death are also documented.
Fogel, Robert W., and Stanley, L. Engerman. Mortality in the South, 1850. ICPSR07424-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-10-13. doi:10.3886/ICPSR07424.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07424.v1
This study was funded by:
- National Science Foundation
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: African Americans, Antebellum South (USA), death, diseases, epidemiology, history, life cycle, mortality rates, nineteenth century, populations, slave populations, slavery, vital statistics
Universe: Deaths that occurred in 1850 in seven states of the southern United States: Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.
Data Types: census/enumeration data
Sample: Counties in the targeted states were selected on a random basis. Rice- and sugar-producing areas were oversampled in an attempt to cover counties specializing in certain crops.
manuscript mortality schedules of the 1850 United States Census
Original ICPSR Release: 1984-05-11
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