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IDIOTIC
Idiotic

Description

IDIOTIC identifies persons who were considered "idiotic," the contemporary term for persons with mental disabilities. The 1860 instructions to enumerators reserved the term "idiocy" for "persons who have never possessed vigorous mental facilities, but from their birth have manifested aberration." People who once had mental abilities but who had lost them were considered INSANE rather than IDIOTIC.

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Comparability

This variable is comparable across years. For some cases in 1880, additional information regarding the nature of the person's disability is available in the variable SICKNESS.

Universe

  • All persons. Not available in the 1880 100% database.

Availability

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Editing Procedure

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