<< In the raw data of a census, you can see who lived next door to whom, their households with grandchildren, lodgers, slaves; how they are marked as illiterate, what language their parents spoke, how they lived in close density to one another in a Northeastern city, or were among the very few people in a town, named for an animal, on a prairie. The Statistical Abstract of the United States is an historical compilation of census data. In its tables you can see the large trends in our society over time--how people marry or don't, what they die from, how they go to school. We are all something like and unlike the societal changes that we see in statistics. Here is our history.>>
Stephanie Brown, whose poems have appeared in BAP and on this site, and who recently offered an astrological reading of Grace Kelly's career, comments on her poems (such as "The Census: 2010") in the new Ploughshares. Take a look!