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Re: CHAT: US ancestry [was Re: FWD [OT but interesting] Arctic

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Monday, August 19, 2002, 15:54
Quoting Lars Henrik Mathiesen <thorinn@...>:

> > Date: Sun, 18 Aug 2002 23:46:25 -0400 > > From: John Cowan <jcowan@...> > > > > There probably aren't enough people who list themselves as both > > African-American and of Danish ancestry (say) to show up as even > > a blip. Both are a matter of self-labeling. > > Remember that the US Virgin Islands used to be Danish, and had a > significant slave population. They were run as a colony by expat Danes > for about seventy years after emancipation, as well. So there's bound > to be a number of families with both African and Danish descent. > > Now, if you'd said Swedish there...
Well, for a while the Swedes did colonize most of what is now Delaware, and Delaware has always had a large African population. (During the Civil War, the only reason it didn't secede was that Lincoln militarily occupied it, and so it did its best to be generally obnoxious to the Union government.) But that was 350 years ago, and, according to the US Census website, very few people remain in that state who claim Swedish ancestry, so you're probably right that if there are any such people, they would probably not be recognized as such on a Census form. ========================================================================= Thomas Wier Dept. of Linguistics "Nihil magis praestandum est quam ne pecorum ritu University of Chicago sequamur antecedentium gregem, pergentes non qua 1010 E. 59th Street eundum est, sed qua itur." -- Seneca Chicago, IL 60637


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