I came across an interesting website, DogwoodCityBooks.com that reprints old books (typically 1800s and early 1900s).
One example: The Conquest of the Old Southwest by Archibald Henderson, 1869, “The Romantic Story of the Early Pioneers into Virginia, the Carolinas, Tennessee, and Kentucky 1740-1790.” This particular example contains a huge surname listing.
Another example: American Prisoners of the Revolution by Danske Dandridge, 1910, with chapter titles such as “Names of Some of the Prisoners of 1776”, “The Prisons of New York – Jonathan Gillett”, “Some Southern Naval Prisoners”, “Some of the Prisoners on Board the Jersey”, and Appendix A: “List of 8,000 Men Who Were Prisoners on Board the Old Jersey”.
Because these books were written a long time ago, certain things were romanticized or were treated in a different way than we would treat them now, and therefore you may come across material that is offensive to you. Don’t let that turn you off to what could be valuable information for genealogists and for putting your ancestors’ lives in context. Nobody ever said genealogy was easy (contrary to Ancestry.com’s ads).