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This Is Who We Were: 1880–1899

Table of Contents

Essay: America, 1880–1899



Introduction



Section One: Profiles



Farmer and Community Leader in 1880



Telephone Company Executive in 1880



Educational Reformer and Teacher in Rural Wisconsin in 1881



Thirteen-Year-Old Orphan in 1882



Lawn Tennis Player in 1883



Railroad Construction Engineer in 1883



Chinese Immigrant Photographer's Assistant in 1884



Traveling Salesman and Entrepreneur in 1885



Shoe Lasting Machine Inventor in 1886



Cattle Rancher in 1888



Professional Baseball Player in 1888



New Teacher for the Dakota Sioux in 1888



Textile Mill Worker in 1890



Barbershop Quartet Member in 1891



West Point Graduate on the Frontier in 1891



Mining Company Owner in 1892



Sweet-Potato Farmer in 1892



Yale University Oarsman in 1893



Children's Aid Society Agent in 1894



Cash Register Inventor and Company Founder in 1895



Anti-Corset Campaigner in 1896



Salmon Cannery Cooperative Manager in 1896



Socially Prominent Bon Vivant in 1897



Housemaid in 1898



African American Wood Turner in 1898



Businessman in 1898



College Professor in 1898



Teenage Garment Industry Labor Organizer in 1898



Clarinetist in John Philip Sousa's Band in 1899



Section Two: Historical Snapshots



Early 1880s



Late 1880s/Early 1890s



Late 1890s



Section Three: Economy of the Times



Annual Income



Selected Prices



Value of a Dollar Index 1860–2014



Section Four: All Around Us—What We Saw, Wrote, Read & Listened To



All Around Us–1980–1899



Section Five: Census Data



State-by-State Comparative Tables: 1880, 1900 and 2010



Total Population



White Population



Black Population



American Indian/Alaska Native Population



Asian Population



Homeownership Rate



Eleventh Census of the United States: 1890 Population of the United States, Part I



Progress of the Nation: 1790 to 1890



Sex, General Nativity and Color



State or Territory of Birth



Country of Birth



Foreign Parentage



School, Militia and Voting Ages



Conjugal Condition



Dwellings and Families



Ages



School Attendance



Illiteracy



Can Not Speak English



Citizenship of Foreign Born Males 21 Years of Age and Over



Occupations



Bibliography