A look at the 1860 Census

by Fred Ray on April 17, 2022 · 1 comment

Figures are inherently dry, but you can learn a lot from them. Here’s a look at the 1860 census. It gives you can idea of the advantages the North had over the South before the first shots were fired. I was struck by how small (by today’s standards) the “big” cities were, but then the total population was less than 32 million. Today it’s over 330 million and growing.

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James Kelly April 18, 2022 at 11:23 am

The 1860 census for Detroit shows that the black population were nearly all skilled tradesmen. No menial jobs shown for them. n 1860 we had the best of the Southern blacks, the successfully escaped slaves.


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