June 8, 2010

Quote of the Day

Perhaps anticipating trouble, the online Census explanation for Question 9 informs the reader that questions about race have been "asked since 1790"—the first census. That's true. Of course, the reason the 1790 Census broke down the count into racial categories ("free white males" over 16, other free persons, slaves, etc.) is because of a compromise that allowed three-fifths of a slave to be counted toward a state's representation in Congress. -- Bill McGurn, on one of my favorite topics.
Posted by John Kranz at June 8, 2010 1:28 PM
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