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Posted By: on: 08/09/2000 13:12:16 EDT
Subject: RE: The word 'contraband'

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My first person impression is of a CW missionary who teaches ex-slaves in her spare time. The word, "contraband," meant the ex-slaves who worked for the Union army. This is only a guess on my part, but is the word, contraband, offensive? Usually the word applies to objects. When I reenact and tell people of my activites, should I use this word? I want to use the right phrases, yet I do not want to use mean words.

YHS
Miss Moore



Miss Moore,
I'm not an expert in the subject, but IMHO I would say it is alright to use the word "contraband". In the interest of being true to the time period of the 1860s, then the word is acceptable. IMHO, of course!

YRS
shari


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