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Discrimination In The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

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Discrimination has been a dark shadow over America for decades. African Americans, Indians, women, and people of different religions and views have always been treated differently than the so-called average white European descent. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, discrimination is pointed towards Blacks. Some characters develop a new vision of Blacks in this classic novel and unintentionally develop the idea of an African American being able to be equal to a Caucasian. Not in all circumstances can the people of America rise above these ideas of discrimination though. White’s attitudes toward minorities grew increasingly worse in the 1800’s The Emancipation Proclamation and black codes helped much of America change their views, but the…show more content…
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 belief that the white race was superior to the African race. Huck also states, “I do believe [Jim] cared just as much for his people as white folks does for their’n. It don’t seem natural, but I reckon it’s so” (Twain 157). This statement exhibits how bad discrimination was during this time period. Discrimination was so bad that White Americans were objectifying Blacks. Whites do not believe that Blacks can even care about someone, much less feel what a white man could feel. The Americans of European descent are treating them as property or animals rather than human beings with…show more content…
The black codes ensured the labor of Blacks by having them sign a waver saying they would work for at least a year (black codes). Even though the Union had come out victorious and four million slaves had been legally set free, Blacks still faced many Americans that discriminated them and wanted to make things worse (black codes). During the Reconstruction era, many new Amendments were created including the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments. The 13th Amendment states that slavery is outlawed. Some Whites did not want to follow this and tried sneaking around it by creating black codes. The 14th Amendment states that Black men are citizens and the 15th stated that the Black men can vote. 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
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