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Mortality in the South, 1850 (ICPSR 7424)

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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.

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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. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07424.v1

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Funding

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

Geographic Coverage:   Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, United States

Time Period:  

  • 1850

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

Methodology

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.

Data Source:

manuscript mortality schedules of the 1850 United States Census

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