Racism Through the Decades: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

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Since the release of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in 1885, the way that different races relate to each other (specifically people of European and African descent) has changed astronomically. In some ways it’s improved dramatically, but some aspects of inter-racial relations have changed in ways that are not necessarily positive since the books release. This books overall message about racial relations at the time was that the way that people who came from Africa were treated was incredibly immoral. This is shown in many cases throughout the book, like in chapter 42, when despite the fact that Jim helped keep Tom alive, he is chained, treated roughly, and only left alive because no one wants to risk having to compensate his master, and only treat him well after they find out not only that he’s free, but are also told that he helped keep Tom alive after being shot. This chapter also shows how generally willing humans are to manipulate anyone they consider inferior, and even begin to take offence at others doing the same. "They hain't no RIGHT to shut him up! SHOVE!—and don't you lose a minute. Turn him loose! He ain't no slave; he's as free as any cretur that walks this earth!" (42.45.) This quote shows that in the fact that Tom just made Jim go through painstaking efforts to get out of the barn and trick everyone, but the moment the other adults try the same thing to a lesser extent, Tom becomes furious and decides to finally tell everyone that Jim is free. This book

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