picture of a variety of zeros
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1790 The U.S. counts itself for the very first time: population, 3,929,214.
1800 The U.S. counts itself for the second time; the second Great Awakening begins; the District of Columbia becomes the second U.S. capitol (Philadelphia was first); & Noah Webster gives Delawareans an education in spelling.
1810 The U.S. counts itself for the third time, with New York, New York, the most populated city in the country (they’ve never gotten over that, have they?); & New Hampshire shakes in a small earthquake (which they’ve probably forgotten).
1820 The fourth U.S. head count nearly doubles the population; & Americans worry that novels are ruining the culture. (There’s always something, isn’t there?)
Children’s magazines founded: The Youth’s Miscellany (Utica, New York) • The Parent’s Gift, or Youth’s MagazineThe Juvenile Reformer and Sabbath School Instructor ; Journal of ReformThe Juvenile RepositoryYouth’s Magazine; or, Spirit of the Juvenile MiscellanyClassical Journal and Scholar’s Review ; Juvenile Rambler ; Juvenile Rambler, or, Family and School JournalExpostulator, or Young Catholic’s GuideThe Juvenile Key ; Family Pioneer and Juvenile KeyJuvenile Magazine, and Youth’s Monthly VisiterMentor and Youth’s Instructive Companion
1830 The U.S. counts itself for the fifth time (over 12,000,000!); the Mormon Church establishes itself; Timothy Flint fictionalizes a weird crime; & Samuel Goodrich gives young readers an education both intellectual & moral.
Children’s magazines founded: The Sabbath School FriendYouth’s MonitorThe Young Catholics’ FriendThe Sabbath School Monitor ; Sunday School Monitor ; Light Ship and Sabbath School Monitor
1840 The sixth U.S. census puts the head count at over 17,000,000; Samuel Goodrich publishes the first dinosaur pictures for American children (& asserts his ownership of “Peter Parley” … it’s complicated); & W. L. Underhill gives readers an educational & relaxing visit to the country.
Children’s magazines founded: The Youth’s CasketYouth’s GemSunday School Visitor ; The Children’s Visitor ; The VisitorUnion Sunday School VisitorThe Youth’s FriendThe Juvenile Weekly GazetteThe MentorYouth’s Monthly MagazineFireside Miscellany and Young People’s EncyclopediaThe Flower Basket ; Flower Basket; or Youth’s Magazine ; The Flower Basket; or Youth’s Monthly Monitor
1850 The seventh U.S. census lists names for nearly all citizens (later family historians rejoice!); “Cousin Sarah” promotes the alphabet; Caroline Gilman promotes math education for girls; “Uncle Frank” promotes rational thought; & “Robert Merry” promotes some really ugly nineteenth-century attitudes.
Children’s magazines founded: The Youth’s Temperance VisitorYouth’s GazetteThe Deaf Mute CasketChildren’s GuestThe Little PioneerYouth’s MagazineThe Lutheran Sunday-School Herald
1860 The U.S. counts itself for the eighth time (31,443,321); Margaretta receives a set of one of the best American magazines ever; Rainbow gets a job; Mary Randolph teaches Virginians how to cook; the Union loses a state; and America loses an influential cultural figure.
Children’s magazines founded: Der Jugend-PilgerThe Infants’ Delight ; Infants’ DelightThe Little WatchmanThe Pacific YouthPicture Lesson Paper ; The Picture Story PaperYoung Folks’ Rural ; Young Folks’ Monthly ; Young Folks’ Rural (also, Young Folks’ Rural Monthly) • The Young SportsmanYoung SportsmanThe Little Corporal’s School Festival ; School Festival ; National School FestivalWork and PlayThe Pious YouthOur Leisure MomentsAmerican Boy’s Magazine ; Philadelphia MonthlyThe Little SchoolmateThe Young CatholicThe Young Pilot; Young Pilot and Little MenThe Little Missionary
1870 The ninth U.S. head count adds up (39,818,449); some states rejoin the Union; Mary Ann Hallock illustrates life’s minutiae; Punchinello finds an extremely mockable book for children; & Merry’s Museum sticks to the sexist, racist nineteenth-century status quo.
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