Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

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Introduction

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pp. xi-xxiii

Much debate has surrounded Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn since its publication in 1885, but none has been more pervasive, explosive, and divisive than that surrounding the issue of race...

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Chapter 1 Reading Race: A Dilemma

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pp. 3-28

In "An American Dilemma," Ralph Ellison asks whether "American Negroes are simply the creation of White men or have they at least helped to create themselves out of what they have found around them"...

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Chapter 2 You Can't Learn a Nigger to Argue: Verbal Battles

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pp. 29-60

Misconceptions surround Jim in current public discussions. Sometimes the novel is simply not read; at other times it has not been read carefully enough. Various movie versions of Jim fail to render him as the complete, three-dimensional character...

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Chapter 3 In the Dark, Southern Fashion: Encounters with Society

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pp. 61-114

In an interview with Claudia Tate, Alice Walker says, "If the black community fails to support its own writers, it will never have the knowledge of itself that will make it great [W]hen we really respect ourselves...

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Chapter 4 Whah Is de Glory? The (Un)Reconstructed South

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pp. 115-136

All the experiences of the central section have prepared Huck for the final conflict, his decision to free Jim from being made a slave "again all his life ... amongst strangers ... for forty dirty dollars" (269)....

Notes

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pp. 137-144

Bibliography

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pp. 145-152

Index

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pp. 153-159