Census Records Not Enough When Researching Race

A recent article posted at Tampa Bay Online discusses couplings between white settlers and other races during America’s beginnings and how this affected racial identities on Census records.

Sharon Tate Moody notes how the Census, between 1790 and 1820, only allowed racial identification in three categories: free white, all other free and slave. “Into that ‘all other free’ could be a free person of African heritage, or a person of some degree of mixture of white, African and/or Indian,” she notes.

Read her full history of the census and reasons why the documentation can’t be complete proof of race at Tampa Bay Online.

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