Mark Twain

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Mark Twain

Mark Twain grew up in a town where slavery was what was taught to be right and if you questioned it, You would be run out of town. Twain witnessed slavery at a young age from his uncle's farm. His brother Orion became an abolitionist when he moved to the free state of Iowa. Mark Twain himself was against slavery and gave money to and spoke at many African-American churches, the Tuskeegee Institute, and the NAACP.

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain modeled the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn after many aspects of his own life. Huck Finn takes place in Hannibal, Missouri, Mark Twain's birth place. Twain modeled Tom Sawyer after himself, and Huck Finn after a mixture of all his childhood friends. Tom and Huck's adventures were modeled after Twain's own childhood adventures with his friends in Hannibal.

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Huck Finn has created a lot of controversy, even coming out with a new version in which all the n-words are replaced with the word slave. This is said to make the book more comfortab;e and less offensive to read, but drastically decreases the impact of the book itself. African-Americans reading the book today feel offended by the use of "derogatory terms" like the n-word used by bothe the white and black characters in Huck Finn. This is ironic because Twain was actually using these terms to prove a point that slavery was wrong in the South.

Mark Twain's purpose in writing Huck Finn was to highlight the South's flaws in an eye-opening, very controversial book. The book came out after slaves were freed, but around the time where Reconstruction was failing in the South and Southerners were starting to oppress slaves again. Twain wanted to show the South that blacks are not bad people, and in a lot of cases, are better human beings than whites.


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