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C. C. Garrison_PhD @CCGPhD
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When I was comducting research on a preliminary thesis topic, I reviewed Georgia's #census records. Let me tell you what I found.
#erasure

#SoJustCensus
#SaturdaySchool
I found records of interracial marriages between Cherokee women and African men where the census taker changed the wife's ethnicity to Negro after the marriage.
#SoJustCensus
#SaturdaySchool
In changing the ethnicity of the Indigenous Woman, the census-taker effectively reduced her status from 2nd class citizen (within the new United States of course) to non-existent.
#erasure
#SoJustCensus
#SaturdaySchool
Further elimination of Indigenous women from census was reflected in the interracial unions with white men. The census-taker would, in some cases, record her as white so that the children could be recorded as white.
#SoJustCensus
#SaturdaySchool
#erasure
I did not pursue the thesis topic; my orginal thesis committee would not endorse me, a Black Woman, writing about Black Women of African descent & Cherokee women. It was suggested my subjects had not done anything "historical."
#erasureinthecanon
#SaturdaySchool
#SoJustCensus
The census was always more than counting citizens. The "takers" contributed to the American historical mythology of who was American enough to be counted as a citizen.
#SoJustCensus
#SaturdaySchool
#erasure
*conducting*
auto-correct where were you when I needed you?!
"Citizen" was 19th century-speak for white male. Accuracy was subjective and based on political agenda.
In the 21st century, "citizenship" is code for....?
Ashes to ashes...
#SoJustCensus
#SaturdaySchool
#erasure
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