Equality In Huckleberry Finn

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Throughout history, Americans have made a habit of discriminating against the minority population, and although there had been laws to change the equality, there was a lingering feeling of inequality in the Black population due to the continuation of segregation in the 19th century. After the Civil War, there was a political war against the rights of the Black population, causing many laws to form in argument of what a black man could do. Few court cases formed against these minimal rights as an attempt to gain equality, and although there were changes made in the laws, attitudes and desires towards the Black population hardly changed perspective. In the book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck Finn is the main character that is accompanied with the fugitive slave Jim. The story is set before the Civil War, and it is clear that Jim is seen more as property rather than a person. Jim also presents a feeling of inferiority throughout the book, going without question as to what Huck or Tom Sawyer did. While Tom makes this adventurous, yet overly thought out plan, Mark Twain writes “Jim, he couldn’t see no sense in the most of it, but he allowed we was white folks and knowed better than him; so he was satisfied, and said he would do it all just as Tom …show more content…

Before the Civil War, like in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the Black population was enslaved and raised to never question their place as property. The Civil War brought on the freedom of the Blacks with the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments, granting the freedom, citizenship, and the right to vote for black men. Despite the permission of freedom, many laws were set to keep the Black population’s freedom borderline to what it had been before, and such laws caused court cases to form. With arguments for and against the rights for the former slaves, little progress was made in, but it did start a revolution for the century

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