It is worth noting that commonly used language of that time is not the same as today.
Some words and labels used in every day speech and sometimes in print would be deemed offensive by today's standards.
It is true that even words used by the most senstive and forward thinking of that day would not be acceptable
in today's society. In fact in recent times, preferred ethnic identifiers seem to change every ten to twenty years.
What was derogatory forty years ago is sometimes a preferred label today
and what was acceptable at that time is now considered
a slur. So it is to be expected that language used one hundred and fifty years ago will often not stand the test
There is the temptation to clean such language up to avoid hurt feelings and unnecessary controversy.
That would almost certainly be a mistake since an historical document is an historical document and attempts to
sanitize documents of certain words prevents the complete context
needed to properly study the time in which it was written. There is no intent to
inflame passions or harm anyone's sensibilities. Rather this site seeks to simply present these important
historical documents in their full context for the study of those interested in this period and the people
who lived through it.