Essay about Mark Twain 's The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

1003 Words May 1st, 2015 5 Pages
Our 35th president, President John F. Kennedy once stated, “We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge from the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.” President Kennedy indicated that he doesn’t want to censor what the American citizens know about the world outside of the U.S., such as communism, dictatorship, and sufferings. He is also saying that he trusts his fellow Americans to figure out what is right and what is wrong in this world. A government that does not openly share its secrets is one that is insecure and scared of its own people because it covers up that the government has something to hide from its people. This idea is frequently used in literature as well. In Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the truth was not given to the people of Mississippi because they were given permission to believe that African-Americans were inhuman and that they don’t have feelings, that they were property, and that they could be used to gain to profit for their owners. At that time, the American government was afraid to allow slaves to be considered humans because it would have ended a successful capitalistic society that benefitted slaveowners. Acknowledgement of
Ta 2 slavery’s misconduct would also mean the government and all slave-owners had wrongfully denied human beings the…

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