On September 29 2022, Doc Chat launched its fall season by probing the data of the U.S. Census.
A weekly series from NYPL's Center for Research in the Humanities, Doc Chat pairs an NYPL curator or specialist and a scholar to discuss evocative digitized items from the Library's collections and brainstorm innovative ways of teaching with them. In Episode Fifty-Five, NYPL's Julie Golia and historian and author Dan Bouk explored the human stories hidden within the data of the U.S. Census.
A transcript of this episode is available here.
Below are some handy links to materials and sources suggested in the episode.
Episode Fifty-Five: Primary Sources
Episode Fifty-Five: Readings and Resources
Margo J. Anderson, The American Census: A Social History (Yale University Press, 1988).
Dan Bouk, Democracy's Data: The Hidden Stories in the U.S. Census and How to Read Them (Farrar, Strauss, & Giroux, 2022).
Tammy Hepps, "When Henry Silverstein Got Cold: Fraud in the 1920 Census," Homestead Hebrews, March 20, 2022.
Debra Thompson, The Schematic State: Race, Transnationalism, and the Politics of the Census (Cambridge University Press, 2016).
Dan also created this excellent and adaptable Census story assignment.
Join the Doc Chat Conversation
Doc Chat episodes take place on Zoom every other Thursday at 3:30 PM. Check out upcoming episodes on NYPL's calendar, and make sure you don't miss an episode by signing up for NYPL's Research newsletter, which will include links to register. A video of each episode will be posted on the Doc Chat Channel of NYPL's blog shortly after the program. There you can also explore videos and resources for past episodes. See you at the next Doc Chat!