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David Caswell <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 10 Apr 1997 08:17:09 +0000
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Twain grand sensitivity to racial issues, even when brought to light with
agonizing examples of the status quo, obviously had a positive impact on
racial conditions in this country.  This makes it ironic that there are
those who
would ban Huckleberry Finn based on the use of the "N" word.  It was, of
course, Twain's intent that is would be objectionable.  Much as his irony
sarcasm in The War Prayer, was to make the point of the futility of war.
Although it is quite correct, as Wes Britton points out, that the likelihood
that Twain may have patronized prostitutes, including those of color, I have
more interest in that than in any other issue regarding his sexuality.  I
have no objection to the discussion by others, however, because there is
some evidence to support it.  This discussion, is a historical question, and
one drawn from the imagination of a yellow journalist.