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Budget Containing the Status of Methodism at the Second Ecumenical Conference of Methodism
			
            STATUS OF METHODISM AND CHRISTIANITY.                 189





   The White and Colored Population of the South: 1890.
                         HON. R. P. PORTER.


                   DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,
                                    CENSUS OFFICE,
                             WASHINGTON, D.C., March 27, 1891.
     The relative rate of increase of the white and colored population
of the southern states during the last decade is a matter of such general
importance and interest as to demand special attention.  What  is
termed the race count has therefore been made for the South Atlantic
and South Central states, and for Missouri and Kansas, in advance of
the main work of tabulation. As will be seen from the accompanying
tables, the total population embraced in this count is 23,875,259, of
which 16,868,205 were white, 6,996,166 colored, and 10,888 Chinese,
Japanese, and Indians. In the states herewith included were found
in 1890 fifteen-sixteenths of the entire colored population of the United
States, so that for the purpose of immediately ascertaining the percen-
tage of increase the returns of these states are adequate and not likely
to be materially affected by the returns of the other states and territo-
ries, where the colored population is small.
     The abnormal increase of the colored population in what is known
as the black belt during the decade ending in 1880 led to the popular
belief that the negroes were increasing at a much greater rate than the
white population. This error was a natural one, and arose from the
difficulty of ascertaining how much of the increase shown by the
Tenth Census was real and how much was due to the omissions of the
census of 1870.  This question has been fully discussed in Bulletin
No. 16, and it is now merely necessary to add that the tabulations
herewith given sustain the theory already advanced, that the high rate
of increase in the growth of the colored population as shown in 1880
was apparent, not real, and was due to imperfect enumeration in the
southern states in 1870.




			
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Budget Containing the Status of Methodism at the Second Ecumenical Conference of Methodism


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