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  1. To whom it may concern,

    You have much valuable information at your website, but I was not able to find a name by which to address you, nor was I able to read and comprehend all of the information in one sitting. Nevertheless, you deserve commendations for the great information you put together. Many thanks for your web pages.

    There a two link to a set of graphs I copied from your web pages (of course, with links back to the specific web pages that contain them) and combined into a FB album that, I hope, will drive traffic to your web pages. Your web pages deserve that, and I trust that you will not object.

    Here is a long URL: https://www.facebook.com/dadsandthings/media_set?set=a.10155391658444443.1073741840.591619442&type=3 and here is a shorter one: http://tinyurl.com/Communicating-with-Prisoners

    Both will connect to the same FB album. I hope that the explanations at the album meet with your approval.

    Best wishes,


    1. You use of that material is not a problem. The about page says:

      This ortext is freely available to everyone to consider, share, adapt, improve, and use for good. Its authors release any copyrights they hold in it under a CCO 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication.

  2. I am seeking information on the racial breakdown of Prisoners in the 19th century. But the datasets for this page do not explain the choice of racial terminology, which does not match the language used in historic intake records during the era. This means someone who compiled the stats made decisions about racial language, and the language is not following the historic records.


    Pre 1840, the racial breakdown columns are either “blacks” or “whites.” In 1840 the racial breakdown columns are titled “colored” or “white.” In each case, the total of “white” plus the singular other category adds up to the total population, as if no other individuals were admitted under any other term.

    Why the lumping together of all prisoners of color when some prison population records did distinguish between black, mulatto, German, white, and so forth? Why are all prisoners either white or “black” before 1840 and either white or “colored” in/after 1840?

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