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Website visitors should be warned that several of the words, descriptions, and images in these 19th- century caricatures are considered racially offensive by today’s standards. The materials are presented in order to give an accurate historical picture of American political prints in the 19th century.

Photo: Harvard Law School Web Site

Professor Randall Kennedy of Harvard Law School, a well-known scholar on the use of derogatory language in a racial and historic context, has advised HarpWeek not to censor the original content of Harper’s Weekly, even if it contains language or caricatures that may offend today’s viewers. To understand why, please read his essay A Note on the Word "Nigger."
Please see our biographical sketch of Randall Kennedy for more insight into his professional background.

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