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Racial Identification in 1930's and 1940's censuses

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Racial Identification in 1930's and 1940's censuses

Posted: 29 Sep 2012 1:55PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 29 Sep 2012 2:35PM GMT
How were people identified by race in the 1930's and 1940's censuses? Did the census taker ask the person their race, or did the census taker decide what to put down?

I know some people of Cape Verdean descent who were of mixed race. Yet their parents are identified as born in in Portugal (when they were really from Cape Verde or Goa), and they are identified as white in the 1930 and 1940 census. Would that have been the person's choice or the census taker's ?
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Goldenage1 29 Sep 2012 7:55PM GMT 
JoelWeintraub 30 Sep 2012 12:22AM GMT 
Goldenage1 30 Sep 2012 1:26AM GMT 
Dannyssmile18... 6 Oct 2012 9:56AM GMT 
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