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Question 148, January and February 2011 It was recently
announced that a new edition of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, is on the
verge of release to secondary schools in the United States. The edition
replaces the commonly-used word "nigger" with the word "slave", or some other
term appropriate in context. The reason for the edit, says the publishers, is
to overcome objections to the use of the word by parents and schools, allowing
the book to be returned to school curriculae. Many, however, say the edit is
unnecessary censorship and should not be allowed. Your thoughts?
Huckleberry Finn is an important book that should be read by as many
students as possible - this edit is small in comparison to the good the book
Only the original author should be allowed to alter his work - the
edition with the changes should be boycotted
I don't understand what the big deal is about this book when there are
so many other better, modern books to choose from