Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Facts

Census of 1940
U.S. population: 131.7 million
Black population: 12.9 million (9.8%)

Census of 1960
U.S. population: 179.3 million
Black population: 18.9 million (10.5%)

Life expectancy for white men in 1940: 62.1
... for white women: 66.6
... for non-white men: 51.5
... for non-white women: 54.9

Life expectancy for white men in 1963: 67.4
... for white women: 74.4
... for non-white men: 61
... for non-white women: 66.6

Percentage of the total population living below the poverty threshold in 1959: 22.4%
... of the white population living in poverty in 1959: 18.1%
... of the black population living in poverty in 1959: 55.1%

Median yearly earned income of full-time white male workers in 1949: $3,150
... of full-time white female workers: $2,150
... of full-time black male workers: $1,950
... of full-time black female workers: $1,150

Median yearly earned income of full-time white male workers in 1959: $5,550
... of full-time white female workers: $3,350
... of full-time black male workers: $3,450
... of full-time black female workers: $2,050

Percentage of home ownership among whites in 1940: 42.1%
... of home ownership among blacks in 1940: 20.5%
Region with the highest concentration of white homeowners in 1940: Midwest
... of black homeowners in 1940: South

Percentage of home ownership among whites in 1960: 64%
... of home ownership among blacks in 1960: 35.8%
Region with the highest concentration of white homeowners in 1960: Midwest
... of black homeowners in 1960: West

School enrollment rate among white children in 1870: 54.4%
... among non-white children in 1870: 9.9%

School enrollment rate among white children in 1963: 89.8%
... among non-white children in 1963: 88%

Percentage of the white male population with a high school diploma in 1940: 13%
... of the white female population with a high school diploma in 1940: 17.5%
... of the black male population in 1940: 3.8%
... of the black female population in 1940: 5.1%

Percentage of the white male population with a high school diploma in 1964: 27.6%
... of the white female population with a high school diploma in 1964: 34.8%
... of the black male population in 1964: 14.6%
... of the black female population in 1964: 19.2%

Election of 1948
Democratic candidate Harry S. Truman wins with an electoral college majority of 303 over his Republican opponent, Thomas E. Dewey. Truman wins the popular vote by just over 2 million of nearly 49 million votes cast. Strom Thurmond, a third-party candidate running on a segregationist ticket wins 1,176,125 popular votes and 39 in the electoral college.

Election of 1952
Republican candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower wins with an electoral college majority of 442 over his Democratic opponent, Adlai E. Stevenson. Nearly 62 million votes are cast.

Election of 1956
Dwight D. Eisenhower is reelected with an electoral college majority of 457 over his two-time Democratic opponent, Adlai E. Stevenson. Just as in the prior election, nearly 62 million votes are cast.

Election of 1960
Democratic candidate John F. Kennedy wins with an electoral college majority of 303 over his Republican opponent, Richard M. Nixon. Kennedy wins the popular vote by a miniscule 118,574 of nearly 69 million votes cast.

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