Lincoln’s Death, New Nation: April 1865 to 1877

Lincoln Compared to Other Great Presidents

Did women yet outnumber men in the United States?

Here is a surprise: no. Throughout the Colonial, Revolutionary, and early National periods, men consistently outnumbered women. Today we know that women have genetic “backups” that favor them to live longer lives, but in the Civil War, and for a full fifty years thereafter, most American women continued to experience great dangers in childbirth. Not till the appearance of the hospital, in the early part of the twentieth century, did American women begin to outnumber men: this was first recorded in the Census of 1920.


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