New Edition of Huckleberry Finn

I was having a discussion with a few people from my church choir about this, one of whom is an English teacher. We were discussing how completely ridiculous this whole thing with The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is. In case you don’t know, this book has been republished, replacing the “n” word with the word “slave.” Though I understand that this is kind of a double-edged sword, I am totally and completely against censoring authors. Also, this book is a realistic portrayal of Southern American culture during the time of slavery and unabashed racism. It’s part of history! Anyway, I’ll stop rambling and complaining and leave you a link to an article from Shelf Awareness on the subject that is much more eloquent than everything I’ve just said.

Please, feel free to leave comments with your opinion.

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  1. This is all about limiting Free Speech. After all, censorship is everywhere. The gov’t (and their big business cronies) censor free speech, shut down dissent and ban the book “America Deceived II”. Free speech for all, especially Mark Twain.Last link (before Google Books bans it also]:http://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000190526

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  2. I agree! One person I heard on the radio said that perhaps we should consider this in the same way that we think of songs that have radio lyrics and the original lyrics on their CDs. But that is the artists choice and Twain was adamant that he did not want anyone changing the words in his books.

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  3. I totally agree with you. I think censorship is awful, especially with a historical book like this. I bet when Twain found out about this he started cursing in his grave.

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