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- A stunning achievement, this five-volume reference is a comprehensive compendium of statistics from more than 1,000 sources recording the numerical history of the United States.
- Long awaited, this thorough revision reflects thirty years of new scholarship since the previous edition (1975).
- Expanded coverage on social, economic, and political topics arranged in 39 chapters.
- More than 37,000 data series, a tripling of the number in the previous edition.
- Dozens of new topics included: American Indians, slavery, outlying areas, poverty, non-profit organizations, race and ethnicity, and the Confederate States of America, to list a few examples.
- Provides a topically organized, easy-to-use guide to the statistical outpouring of government bureaus, private agencies, and the academic literature.
- Expanded documentation authored by nationally recognized experts includes critical evaluations of sources and methods.
- Self-documenting presentation of the data with full source citations, and extensive technical documentation provided on the same page(s) for ease of reference and in-library photocopying (8.5-by-11 page format).
- Each chapter is preceded by introductory essays that review the quantitative history of their subject, provide a guide to the sources, and offer expert advice on the reliability of the data and the limits that might be placed on their interpretation.
- Extensive references to the scholarly historical literature as well as to statistical sources.
- Approved successor to the previous editions published by the U.S. Census Bureau.
- An impressive work of collaborative scholarship; more than 80 scholars contributed their efforts and expertise to assemble and document the data, to write the introductory essays, and to raise the funds needed to support their work.
- Fully cross-referenced and indexed.
- Essential for reference rooms and reference libraries.
- Serves as an historical supplement to the Statistical Abstract of the United States.
- Written for the non-expert with definitions, background information, and illustrations of the use of data.
- More than 170 figures, including numerous graphs and several maps.
- Includes many topical timelines indicating events relevant to the interpretation of the data.
- Publication: 2006
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