Black, White, and Huckleberry Finn: Re-Imagining the American Dream

Synopsis

Analyzes the novel's depictions of blacks and whites and the messages those depictions send. Considers Huck Finn in light of historical records left by slaves and slaveholders in order to determine where the book undermines or upholds traditional racist attitudes, and reviews key episodes in the novel to discover the characters' and the author's attitudes and responses to the slave system. Also discusses controversy surrounding teaching the novel.