Racial Slurs In Book History

Google’s Ngram Viewer makes interesting book research possible.

I came across a book called The Japs at Home from 1894. I was surprised “Japs” was in use that far back. I thought the slur was created for World War II propaganda purposes.

That got me wondering about racial slurs in books and this chart is just shocking. I entered four well-know racial slurs: Nigger, Jap, Coon, Chink.


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Nothing comes even close to the slur used against Africans.

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