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Forgotten Texas Census: First Annual Report of the Agricultural Bureau of the Department of Agriculture, Insurance, Statistics, and History, 1887-88

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L. L. Foster (Author)
Edited and with an introduction by Barbara J. Rozek


The First Annual Report of the Agricultural Bureau, compiled in 1887, is an unique window into understanding the people, towns, countries, railroads, and farming experiences that made up late-nineteenth-century Texas. Rare for a document of this era, this agricultural report notes, in a country-by-country format, questions of gender, labor, and ethnicity not available anywhere else. In addition to the country tallies, the book includes a forty-page overview of state institutions, mineral resources, geography, and miscellany. For the modern reader a contemporary introduction is provided, which places the report in its historical context and emphasizes its potential for researchers. This 1887 census of Texas, our best stop-camera picture of the state, has been forgotten on dusty shelves behind a dull cover and title. The Texas State Historical Association is proud to present this document, out of print for more than one hundred and ten years, as the latest in its Fred H. and Ella Mae Moore Texas History Reprint Series, The Forgotten Texas Census.