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Introduction to U.S. Census Data
This activity provides an introduction to U.S. Census data using American Factfinder.

Race, Ethnicity and Immigration in the U.S.
This activity provides a look at race, ethnicity and immigration in the United States from 1950-2000.

Race and Ethnic Inequality
This activity provides a look at race and ethnicity inequality in the United States over time.

Marriage and Divorce
This activity provides a look at marriage and divorce among different race/ethnicity, ages, education and income levels over time.

Poverty
This activity provides a look at poverty among different race/ethnic groups and family types over time.

Women's Education
This activity provides a look at women's education and the gender gap in education over time.

Race and Ethnic Diversity Among U.S. Families
This module teaches students to think about contemporary race and ethnic diversity in families, to use census data in the sociology of the family, to use computer software to access and analyze census data and to produce and interpret simple statistics.

Changes in Families and Households: 1950-2000
This module teaches students to think about household and family dynamics over time, and to use computer software to access and analyze census data and to produce and interpret simple statistics.

Education and Earnings: Does Education Pay?
Overall, we see that even when controlling for occupation, gender continues to affect earnings: women make less than men. In this exercises, students will examine the influence of education on earnings. Do higher levels of education lead to higher earnings?

Investigating the Effects of Race and Gender on Earnings in the United States
Does income differ for men and women, and for whites and people of color? In this exercise, we will examine earnings data for all full-time workers in the US. Students will be able to examine data for the nation as a whole, for Kentucky, and for a state of their choosing.


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