The Fertility of American Women

By Wilson H. Grabill; Clyde V. Kiser et al. | Go to book overview

CONTENTS
Chapter Page
1. INTRODUCTION1
2. A LONG VIEW5
A. The Colonial and Early Federal Periods5
Contemporary observations5
Fertility and migration8
Fertility and household size10
Infant mortality10
Slaves11
Urban-rural differentials11
B. The Nineteenth Century12
Birth statistics12
Ratios of children under 5 years old to women 20 to 44 years old13
Nineteenth century declines in current fertility14
Urban and rural declines in fertility16
Negroes19
Declines in completed fertility21
3. THE TWENTIETH CENTURY25
A. Birth Statistics25
Crude birth rates25
Absolute numbers of births27
General fertility rates27
Age-specific birth rates29
Birth rates by birth order33
Age-parity-specific birth rates34
The measurement of reproduction37
B. Children Under 5 Years Old41
Age-specific ratios of children to women42
C. Children Ever Born45
Trends in completed fertility45
Trends in incomplete fertility47
Trends in childlessness and in the distribution of women by specific number of children ever born48

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