Numbers takes a statistical approach to the records, presenting charts, tables, graphs, and maps that seek to draw general conclusions from these coroners’ reports and put them into comparative perspective.

Count the Dead looks specifically at the CSI:D sample, taking the reader into how it was assembled, what biases it has, and how it compares to other studies.

Data Visualizations takes a datavis approach to CSI:D’s research base—a datafication of ~28,000 coroner's inquests performed in the South over the course of the nineteenth century. The ‘shape’ of the data is important to understand before we draw any conclusions from it.

The Mortality Census provides background and insights into yet another governmental attempt to measure, categorize, and discipline death to the needs of the modern state—the federal mortality censuses taken between 1850 and 1880.

Counties offers short introductions to each of the South Carolina counties under investigation at CSI:D as well as a tabulation of its cases.

Datifying Death functions as the CSI:D codebook, offering an in-depth explanation for how the CSI:D inquest cases were coded.

NEXT: Count the Dead

Get in touch

  • Department of History
    220 LeConte Hall, Baldwin Street
    University of Georgia
    Athens, GA 30602-1602
  • 706-542-2053

eHistory was founded at the University of Georgia in 2011 by historians Claudio Saunt and Stephen Berry

Learn More about eHistory


+ American Council of Learned Societies
+ DigiLab, Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, University of Georgia