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Wisconsin in the Civil War

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Sensitive Content

The original documents have not been censored or edited. They may contain language that many people today find offensive. For example, a wide variety of synonyms are used for "African-American" which to modern ears sound inflammatory. In the mid-19th century, however, most Americans did not find these terms offensive or even pejorative. Other documents contain vivid descriptions of horrifying cruelty, nauseating carnage during combat, or the revolting aftermath of battles. Teachers and parents should understand that young readers may be emotionally affected by these passages. Before using the collection in the classroom, educators should preview search results and be prepared for such situations.

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