Quotes From Huckleberry Finn, Showing Mark Twain's Racism

You don't know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; but that ain't no matter. That book was made by Mr. Mark Twain, and he told the truth, mainly. There was things which he stretched, but mainly he told the truth.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Opening lines of the book, Chapter 1

Jim was most ruined for a servant, because he got stuck up on account of having seen the devil and been rode by witches.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Jim is Miss Watson's slave, Chapter 2.

We said there warn't no home like a raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don't. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable ...

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of the rest, because Aunt Sally she’s going to adopt me and sivilize me, and I can’t stand it. I been there before.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Huck's quest for freedom, last lines of book, Chapter 43

"Oh, yes, this is a wonderful govment, wonderful. Why, looky here. There was a free nigger there from Ohio ...see the cool way of that nigger – why, he wouldn't a give me the road if I hadn't shoved him out o' the way. I says to the people, why ain't this nigger put up at auction and sold? – that's what I want to know. And what do you reckon they said? Why, they said he couldn't be sold till he'd been in the State six months, and he hadn't been there that long yet. There, now – that's a specimen. They call that a govment that can't sell a free nigger till he's been in the State six months. Here's a govment that calls itself a govment, and lets on to be a govment, and thinks it is a govment, and yet's got to set stock-still for six whole months before it can take a hold of a ...

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jump most of the time.

Chapter 18, Line 6

"Because Mary Jane 'll be in mourning from this out; and first you know the nigger that does up the rooms will get an order to box these duds up and put 'em away; and do you reckon a nigger can run across money and not borrow some of it?"

Chapter 26, Line 97

"Well, I RECKON! There's two hunderd dollars reward on him. It's like picking up money out'n the road."

Chapter 31, Line 13

"I wouldn't shake my NIGGER, would I? – the only nigger I had in the world, and the only property." Chapter 31, Line 36

"Good gracious! anybody hurt?"
"No'm. Killed a nigger."
"Well, it's lucky; because sometimes people do get hurt.

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