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Twain a racist The answers to these questions lie in the examination of Mark Twains life and historical era incidents and character comments throughout Huckleberry Finn and reviews by critics of many races Researching the life and times of Mark Twain led to various facts that negate the popular opinion that he was racist Born Samuel Langhorn Clemens on November 30 1835 in Missouri Mark Twain witnessed an era of accepted slavery and racism Roberts 5 Growing up in the slave state of Missouri Twains father was a slave trader several times in his many occupational ventures After his fathers death Twain spent several summers with his uncle John Quarles who owned twenty slaves which provided Twain with an up close view of slavery in action Twain was deeply affected by witnessing the brutal murder of a slave by a rock-throwing white man for the crime of merely doing something awkward Smith Twain completed Huckleberry Finn in 1884 at a time when black identity in American society was undefined Even though blacks had been granted citizenship in 1870 by the 15th Amendment to the Constitution Southern white society still looked upon them as sub-human creatures without souls or feelings However for his time Twain was liberal on racial issues The themes of Huckleberry Finn portray Mark Twains unrelenting belief in the equality of all races Mark Twain 530 Although Huckleberry Finn is primarily a novel about freedom and the quest for freedom through the portrayal of the characters Twain depicts the human qualities of all regardless of color It details the story of a slave Jim who breaks the law and risks his life to win his freedom and be reunited with his family Jim is accompanied by a white boy Huck who befriends him and aids in his escape This storyline of a white boy helping a runaway slave and in the process perceiving Jim as an equal in no way
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