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The Census and the Civil War – The Hidden Trigger

Author: David C. Church
M.A. in History
Department of History, Humanites, Philosophy & Political Science
June 2011

The Census of the United States of America automatically redistributes political power in the nation every ten years. In doing so, the Census triggers a major political crisis every time it is taken. This paper examines the impact of the Census on the first eighty years of the nation’s history, culminating in its role in unleashing the social forces which resulted in the American Civil War.