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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: December 2019

3 - America on Show, 1901–11: Profile


Statistical analysis of census returns for about 1,000 Americans and Canadians in ‘élite’ occupations, designed to show the diversity of human emissaries of ‘Americanisation’ with whom home population came in contact. The selected occupational groups, which exclude agriculturists, labourers, domestic servants, shopkeepers, and merchants, mainly represent ‘service providers’ such as clerks, officials, and professionals. Three idiosyncratic and conspicuous groups not easily fitted into traditional census categories are examined in detail in Chapter 5.