Anthropometric data of free Americans of african filiation in Maryland, from 1800 to 1864

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Komlos, John (Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, München Volkswirtschaftliche Fakultät, Seminar für Wirtschaftsgeschichte)
Publication Date
  • ZA:
    • Historical Studies Data
  • Abstract

    The interest of the economic historical researcher in the interaction between economic and biological processes – especially concerning economic development – has increased recently. Individual somatic indicators are in a close relationship with the nutritional status and therefore with the demographic variables of the society, such as the expectation of life. These variables have in turn a feedback effect on economy by their influence on the labour productivity. In this context the meaning of anthropometric history of Afro-American people reveals by the discussions about their material living standard and here especially about the food they got during their captivity. Topics: The data collection was compiled to identify the nutritional status of free African Americans in Maryland during the early 19th century. The data collection gives information about age, sex, birth year, size, federal state of birth, residence (or the place, where the former slaves got their freedom), colour of the skin, and if the person was born in freedom or if the person was given the freedom after the birth. In some cases the administrative district is documentated, in which the person was grown up.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1800 / 1864
Geographic Coverage
  • Maryland (US-MD)
Sampled Universe
American citizens of African descent, living in Maryland.
Collection Mode
  • Sources: Public record office Maryland, „Certificates of Freedom“; manifest of slave ships, register (muster rolls) of the american civil war.
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Text Unit
    Number of Units: 14840
    Number of Variables: 12
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA8104 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Komlos, John: Toward an Anthropometric History of African-Americans. The Case of the Free Blacks in Antebellum Maryland. In: Claudia Goldin und Hugh Rockoff (Hrsg.), Strategic Factors in Nineteenth Century American Economic History: A Volume to Honor Robert W. Fogel. Chicago 1992, S. 297-331/In: Komlos, John (ed.): The Biological Standard of Living in Europe and America, 1700 – 1900. Collected Studies Series. Aldershot: Variorum 1995, S. 297 – 329.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 88 | Registration Date: 2010-07-23