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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain

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  • Study the history and form of the minstrel show in the nineteenth century and find evidence in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn that Twain was influenced by minstrels in his creation of the novel.
  • Research the history of the novel's censorship in America, and argue for or against the exclusion of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from a school's curriculum.
  • Using history texts and primary sources like slave narratives, research the conditions under which slaves lived in the 1840s to gain a deeper understanding of what Jim's life might have been like, and tell Jim's story from his perspective.

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