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Confederate Amnesty Records for the United States Civil War, 1863-1866

Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data
  • Steckel, Richard H.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Ohio State University
  • University of Chicago. Booth School of Business. Center for Population Economics
Free Keywords
American Civil War; amnesty; Confederate States of America; demographic characteristics; height; males; nineteenth century; slave populations; Southern United States; White Americans
  • Abstract

    This data collection was designed to compare the heights of southern whites with those of slaves and northern white males between 1863 and 1866. Information provided includes month, day, and year of amnesty, county and state, age, color of skin, eyes, and hair, occupation, last name, first name, oath administrators, feet component in height, inch component in height, and height in inches.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Created variable labels and/or value labels..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1863 / 1866
    Time period: 1863--1866
  • Collection date: 1982
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All amnesty oaths signed by persons in the Confederacy and kept in the Diplomacy Branch, Record Group #59, Entries 466 and 467 in the National Archives.
Random sample of about 3 percent of all amnesty oaths signed by persons in the Confederacy.
Collection Mode
  • The data contain alphabetic codes.

2009-06-11 SAS and Stata setups have been added to this data collection. Funding insitution(s): Ohio State University. University of Chicago. Booth School of Business. Center for Population Economics.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 9429 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09429.v2
  • Costa, Dora L., Steckel, Richard H.. Long-term trends in health, welfare, and economic growth in the United States. Health and Welfare During Industrialization.Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. 1997.
  • Margo, Robert A., Steckel, Richard. Nutrition and health in the antebellum Southern whites, Essay No. 24. Without Consent or Contract: The Rise and Fall of American Slavery - Technical Papers: Conditions of Slave Life and the Transition to Freedom.New York: W.W. Norton. 1992.
  • Margo, Robert A., Steckel, Richard. The heights of American slaves: New evidence on slave nutrition and health. Social Science History.6, (4), 516-538.1982.
    • ID: (URL)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2015-06-30

Steckel, Richard H. (1992): Confederate Amnesty Records for the United States Civil War, 1863-1866. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.