• Hot Topic: Classic Read “Huckleberry Finn” and the “N” Word

    Today’s hot topic is over Mark Twain’s classic, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn,” required reading in many elementary school curriculums.

    Publishers Weekly reports that NewSouth Books’ upcoming edition is replacing the “N” word with “slave” instead.  The new edition will also delete all uses of the word “Injun.”

    The two sides of the argument are whether this is censorship or whether racist slang, even in historic context, is unsuitable for a younger audience.


    What do you believe? Is it impossible to separate the moment in American history that Twain describes in the book without the “N” word? Or is it better to eliminate a hurtful word from a classic read by a younger audience?

    Give us your thoughts in the comments below and see the full story here.

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