Carol Kammen discusses issues often caused by the collection of census data.

While she emphasizes the importance of census data for historians, she also laments over the method of recording, or the lack of recording, specific features of a person’s life.

Many Americans cannot fit their identity into a check box on a form.

Today there is a blending of culture such that many previous notions of race are ineffective.

Kammen suggests that future census collectors ask more in-depth questions about individuals in order for future generations to better grasp how people lived their lives.