An Accurate Depiction Of Race Before Emancipation Essay

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Ashley Wolford Twain’s Huckleberry Finn: An Accurate Depiction of Race Before Emancipation Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been called “racist trash”, banned from schools, and censored. I feel that these claims are false and the actions unnecessary. In 1915, D.W. Griffith released a film, an ode to a family member. It was the top grossing film that year and remained the most popular and profitable film ever made until 1939. People flocked to the nearest movie house to see The Birth of A Nation, the story of the creation of the Ku Klux Klan. This movie has received criticisms, however has not been brought to light nearly as often as Twain’s novel. This, in my opinion, is a racist film. It attempts to justify the actions of the Ku Klux Klan by portraying African Americans in such a negative and offensive way. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn portrays Jim in an attractive light. I believe that this film is racist and offensive for many reasons but the main being that the portrayal of African Americans is meant to be taken seriously and thought to be accurate. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a historically accurate depiction of the way African Americans were treated before emancipation, and for this reason I don’t find it to be racist. I do however understand why it is considered racist. To a young person the language used in the book alone would be repulsive. However, without the use of the word “nigger” we cannot fully grasp the weight of situations and characters that the author is attempting to portray in the time period he has chosen to set his story. I do not believe The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a racist text due to the historical accuracy and Huck’s decision to do what is right regardless of social pressure. In 1954 the United States underwent quite a bit of change. After the Supreme Court’s ruling to end

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