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Heights of Native-Born Whites During the Antebellum Period

  • Robert A. Margo (a1) and Richard H. Steckel (a1)
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  • Published online: 01 March 2009

This paper uses data on height by age drawn from Civil War muster rolls to analyze the nutritional status of the native-born white population during the antebellum period. Preliminary regression results reveal significant differences in adult heights across occupations, regions, urban-rural and migrant status, and birth cohorts. The economic and demographic implications of these findings are also explored.

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Robert W. Fogel and Stanley L. Engerman , eds., Secular Trends in Nutrition, Labor Welfare, and Labor Productivity, special issue of Social Science History, 6 (Fall 1982).

Richard H. Steckel , “Height and Per Capita Income,” Historical Methods, 16 (Winter1983).

Kenneth W. Wachter , “Graphical Estimation of Military Heights,” Historical Methods, 14 (Winter1981), 3142.

Robert W. Fogel , “The Economics of Mortality in North America, 1650–1910: A Description of a Research Project,” Historical Methods, 11 (Spring1978), 75108, and the literature cited therein.

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