The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain Essay

856 Words Dec 8th, 2016 4 Pages
Throughout our great nation’s history, much has changed especially in the area of civil rights. Early in our history the owning of slaves was legal and was socially accepted (in fact it was a sign of a higher class), but as time went on, our nation made great progress and moved to outlaw slavery which set us on a path of freedom for all. Examining where we were, from a civil rights perspective, throughout our history can be quite fascinating. Going back to the time period of when Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) wrote The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn is exceptionally interesting. Although it was post-Civil War there were still many anti-slavery governments throughout the South and the federal government had to place officers in parts of the South to protect the freed slaves. The book’s time period is quite interesting is because although the book was published on February 18th, 1885 it was actually written in two parts, this meant that the book was written during two different time periods with vastly different outlooks on civil rights. The first sixteen chapters were written during the summer of 1876. This was a time of hopefulness in the potential of the Civil Rights Act and political Reconstruction. In the fall of 1883 the rest of the novel was written, in a time where the failure of Reconstruction was felt and progress on Civil Right, for the most part, stalled. That’s because it was around the time the Supreme Courts decided on the Civil Rights Cases. Their decision…

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