Labs > Lab 2: Asking Advanced Questions of the IPUMS Data
AGES AND RACE
Another interesting, and hidden, aspects of the Irish and African American communities in New York in the 19th century was the existence of mixed-race families through marriage. Consider this very recent article in the New York Times from this year's St. Patrick's Day: "After Deadly Draft Riots..."
By now, if you've done any looking at age distributions in any of our extracts, you may have also noticed a phenomenon known as age heaping or age piling--remember that we read about this in our Steckel article earlier in the semester. You might find it useful to re-read this section in the article for the lab.
You'll be using the following extract for Lab 2, available via this linked to a shared Google Drive file. You'll need to be logged in to NYU when you click on the link below to access it. Save it to your desktop and then open it as a data file in SPSS:
This extract consists of the 1880 100% sample, those born in NY or Brooklyn who were born in Ireland and their fellow householders (who may or may not have been Irish-born). It also contains the following variables:
AGE_SP (age of spouse)
RACE_SP (race of spouse)
BPL_SP (birthplace of spouse)
OCC_SP (occupation of spouse)
Once you have this extract opened and ready to go in SPSS, continue with the lab.