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Population of the United States 1860, by race

The issue of race and slavery was arguably the largest cause of the American Civil War, with the southern states seceding from the Union as the practice of slavery became increasingly threatened. From the graph we can see that roughly 16.5 percent of the entire US population at this time was black, and the vast majority of these were slaves. In 1860 there were almost 27 million white people, four and a half million black people, and less than one hundred thousand non-black or white people (mostly of Native/Latin American or East-Asian origin).

Population of the United States prior to the American Civil War in 1860, by race

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Source

Release date

2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

1860

Supplementary notes

Release date is date of extraction

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