Another response to Is Huck Finn Racist?:
I just wanted to thank you SO much for your article/debate on Huckleberry Finn. We had to read it as a freshman in Honors English this year and we debated the issue on whether it should be restricted in schools. I was assigned the side against the book, and wasn't quite sure where I stood on the issue, so I did some research on the internet. Your debate not only helped sway me to your side, but helped me think of some awesome arguements. I totally stumped the rest of the class and our side won!!! Thanks so much!! (don't worry, I had you in my work-cited page)
A highschool freshman
As I told one critic:
Here's the best evidence of the value of my work. My "Huck Finn" posting has been online for years. People have been finding and reading it for years. Once I put it up there, I didn't have to do any more work to make it available.
Now a teenager says he used it to win a classroom debate. How many kids will this debate influence? Even if they don't agree with the outcome, they'll see the power of research, information, and analysis. If even one youngster becomes a critical thinker because of this, learns to question our cultural beliefs and assumptions, I'll consider it a job well done.
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