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U.S. Census: The Constitution and the Census

Introduction on how to find and use the U.S. census

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The Constitution and the Census

Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution specifies that a count of the entire population is to be undertaken for the purpose of legislative representation.  From that simple statement, the authority of the government to collect data on its citizens has been asserted and challenged over the years.  The sources listed below cover the debate on the legal authority of the Census.

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