Race and Literacy in the 1930 Houston Census
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In this project, I will look at the literacy rates of Whites, Hispanics, and Blacks in Houston based on Census data from 1930. This data will allow me to draw conclusions about literacy and education based on race. In doing so, I hope to address the ramifications of race and subsequent inequality on the ability of individuals to obtain education and the ability to read. I intend to frame my research by addressing segregation and the unequal opportunities of whites and African Americans. I will also examine the literacy rates as they pertain to men and women, and I will break down the results further to examine race and sex at the same time. Education and the ability to read open doors for individuals, and those with better access to education will logically become more successful than those denied access. Examining the disparity in literacy rates and education between African Americans and whites in 1930s Houston allows us to draw conclusions about the broader relationship between people of color and whites. Unequal access to education and unequal rates of literacy account for inequality in every aspect of life, and the importance of education cannot be overstated.
Polk, Katelyn (2015). Race and Literacy in the 1930 Houston Census. Honors and Undergraduate Research. Available electronically from