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Second, I think [Mark Twain's} choice of a white boy and black man as travel companions was, according to the mores of the time, very daring. I challenge anyone to find another popular novel written during this period that featured a black man or woman as a major character (okay, other than "Uncle Toms Cabin").


Huckleberry Finn came under attack by a number of contemporary authors, including Emily Dickinson, who claimed it corrupted the youth of America. For some reason, I find this very funny.

I like this book. Jim, the escaped slave, was an extremely controversial character for the time. Mark Twain was born in the south prior to the Civil War (1835), yet Jim, despite appearing somewhat childlike to our eyes, was a strong, intelligent, independent black man who took his fate into his own hands. Yes, the N word was used and I am not justifying its use, but it was an accepted term at the time. Maybe it's just because I deal with history on a daily basis, but you can't judge most past attitudes on a modern scale.

Actually, Jim is a more modern character than Uncle Tom. While Uncle Tom said, "You may kill my body but you'll never claim my soul," he remained a loyal servant to the end. Jim said, in essence, "[Bleep] this, man, I'm outta here." Also, Jim never addressed Huck Finn as "master." They talked as equals.

I haven't posted my list because I just cannot decide on just ten books. Do sets count as one book like a six-pack counts as one item?

Uhura :o)
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