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March 22nd, 2011
  • ' Sanitizing Huck Finn, March 2011 issue

Substituting slave for the n-word History, if meaningful and accurate, describes the actual standards of any period. No word in [Mark] Twain s work should be changed. Rather, in teaching the importance of the novel, the damnable prejudice of the times should be addressed openly, with every effort made to point out the idiocy of such labels. ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' '

H.S.G. Katy, TX

I was born in Europe, and Mark Twain in English was one of my favorites when my children went to school in New Jersey. I understand the n-word stands for the slang version of Negro. So why not substitute Negro for the n-word ? ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' '

Lori B. e-mail

Political correctness? In a nutshell, this is a good example of the direct and insidious correlation between political correctness and the dumbing down of America! Huckleberry Finn is a brilliant insight into America in the 19th century. One of the crucial insights is into racial attitudes and how they were profoundly incorrect. But this, in part, will be lost without the accurate terminology of the period. Any competent English teacher could readily deal with this language.

G.W.C. Newton Square, PA

What an insult to a great American writer to abridge his work for political correctness. I suppose the ninnies who can t handle the original version are all excused from American History classes!

Dick T. Marriottsville, MD

Censorship is wrong NEVER change one word of Huckleberry Finn. Also works like Uncle Tom s Cabin, Mein Kampf, or the Holy Bible should never be changed. An author is a product of his or her time and deserves to be read as a part of that time period.

George K. e-mail

People are so used to the f-word. I don t know why all the fuss about Mark Twain. The book should remain as written.

Jean A. e-mail

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