The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: The Controversy

First banned in 1885 because it was seen as “immoral in its tone,” as “trash of the veriest sort,” the controversy over The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn continues today. While some consider Twain’s story “a masterpiece” others contend it is a racist novel and insensitive to black students. Consider using this PowerPoint, that crystalizes the controversy, to open discussion with other teachers who use or are considering using the novel.

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