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This Is Who We Were: A Companion to the 1940 Census

Table of Contents

Introduction



Preface



Media Response



1940 and 2010 Census Data: State by State Comparisons & Rankings



Total Population



White Population



Black Population



American Indian/Alaska Native Population



Asian Population



Hispanic or Latino Population



Foreign-Born Population



Males per 100 Females



Median Age



High School Graduation Rate



College Graduation Rate



One-Person Households



Homeownership Rate



Median Home Value



Median Gross Rent



Households Lacking Complete Plumbing



Section One: Profiles



Family of Four Depend on Ford Motor Company Job



Family Life in a Planned Community



Farmer Finds Second Career Creating Insurance Just for Farmers



Family Wiped Out by Stock Market Crash



America Repatriates its Own Citizens to Mexico



African American Couple Emigrate from Rural South to Urban North



Tennessee Farmer Finds Success as Welder for TVA



The Fight for Equality and Civil Rights is Vibrant



Civil Unrest Sweeps Across America



Speedboat Champion Strives to Create the Ultimate Machine



Boxer Claims the Role of Villain to Achieve Success



Family Endures Death, Debts and Selling the Farm



Microphone Innovations Usher in Popular Crooners



Judge Takes the Road Less Travelled



Government Work Program Strengthens American Music Scene



Methodist Minister Tames Troubled Churches



The Fight to Make America Liquor-Free Continues



The Man Who Made the Electric Light Bulb Affordable



Newspaper Sportswriter is Best Job in the World



Discovering the Power of Technicolor



New York Bond Trader Sees a Rebounding Economy



Keeping up With the “Swingingest Female Alive”



RCA-Victor Researcher Works in Secret on Inventing Television



How Wheaties Became “Breakfast of Champions”



Tobacco Heiress Continues to Live the Good Life



Frozen Food Innovator Focuses on Portable Food for Soldiers



Section Two: Historical Snapshots



Early 1930s



Mid 1930s



Late 1930s



1940



Section Three: Economy of the Times



1930



1931



1932



1933



1934



1935



1936



1937



1938



1939



1940



Value of a Dollar Index 1860–2010



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



All Around Us—1930 through 1940



Section Five: 1940 Census Summary & Comparison Data



United States Summary from the 1940 Census



1940 Census Comparison of Principal Cities