Huckleberry Finn was set in the time period of the 1830’s when slavery was legal. This made discrimination seem morally okay. Throughout this novel, the reader gets to experience how common slaves are treated and why Huckleberry Finn fiddled with the idea of turning in a run away slave or letting him be free.
In the beginning, Huck understand what is expected of a white man in his actions towards Blacks. When Jim and Huck are leaving to head to free country Huck says, “People will call me a low down Abolitionist and despise me for keeping mum—but that don’t make no difference. I ain’t agoing to tell, and I ain’t agoing back there anyways” (Twain 43). This demonstrates how people will judge Huck if he gets caught with an African American. This represents Huck’s views on slavery at first. He, as well as others, were born into the b...
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The Emancipation Proclamation may have stated that Slaves were free, but that did not mean all Americans believed in it. All of the Blacks progress towards freedom caused a revolution to spring up in the South. This can be compared to how Huck changed his views towards Jim while most everyone did not. Huck also knew that if anyone knew he had helped a Black man, they would turn him in as well. The South was scared of what could happen by having Blacks live among them with equal rights.
Whites for ages have discriminated Blacks and abused the laws to fit their liking. No matter how many laws and modifications are put into place for America’s society, there is always going to be someone with discriminative views. The Emancipation Proclamation made it better to an extent, but black codes prevented a total movement of abolitionism to occur in America.
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