Why has "Huckleberry Finn been banned in schools and libraries? " Do you think books should be banned?

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Why has “Huckleberry Finn been banned in schools and libraries? ” Do you think books should be banned?

In the book Huckleberry Finn “nigger” is used 213 times. As a result Huck Finn one of the greatest American novels has been put on the market. A reader might think that Twain is a racist. Recently at the district school board meeting the African American parent coalition voiced its concern about what the use of the word nigger in Huck Finn would do to African American students who read the novel. According to the AAPC, African American students will be “emotionally battered” when hearing the word nigger being read out loud in class. The AAPC wants the book banned from use in classroom.

In some ways, not much has changed since 1885. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Mark Twain are included in the American Library Association's lists of the ten most frequently challenged books and authors of 1996. Tracing the history a little further back, Attacks on the Freedom to Learn, '96, a report by People for the American Way, lists them among the ten most frequently challenged books and authors of 1982 to 1996.

Twain's novels continue to be challenged and banned, but new reasons for opposing them have emerged through the years. Looking back over the debates about Twain's books during the past 112 years provides an interesting perspective on how American culture has changed, how Twain helped to change it, and why his books continue to raise difficult questions today.

When Huckleberry Finn was banned in 1885, officials at the Concord Public Library thought it was "rough, coarse and inelegant,... the whole book being more suited to the slums than to intelligent, respectable people." Written in the voice of its young narrator -- who rejects becoming "civilised" on its first page -- and full of various dialects throughout, the book offended the literary sensibilities of the time. Twain redoubled the insult to the literary establishment by insisting that his books be sold door to door by subscription instead of through bookstores. He appealed to the masses both in his language and by having his books brought directly to their homes. "My books are water; those of the great geniuses is wine," Twain once wrote. "Everybody drinks water."

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Twenty years later, when Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer were removed from the public library in Brooklyn, New York, their literary style was no longer in dispute. By 1905 Twain was already considered a monumental literary force and he was at the height of his international celebrity. But the boys' actions raised problems. Library officials explained that they provided bad examples to the youth of the day

Thirty years later, in The Green Hills of Africa, Ernest Hemingway wrote that "all modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.... All-American writing comes from that. There ...

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