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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Multimedia Presentation
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October 25, 2012 Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Multimedia Presentation In the 1840s racial division was the normal. There were slaves and almost all of the whites were racist. In The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn, the main character Huck, was raised by an abusive, racist drunk. It was not until Huck got to talking to Tim, that he realized the black man was no different. Today the black people are no longer slaves, discriminated and even the president of the United States is African-American. Below will be proof that racial division and more so slavery has changed in one hundred years from people’s opinions and history being made. For 223 years we have had presidents. It was not until 2008 that our first black president was elected. Before Abraham Lincoln we had slaves. The thought of a black president back then was an absolute joke. Racial discrimination is not even thought of nowadays as it was a hundred years ago. The president is black and no one thinks twice about it. President Barack Obama In the 1600s slavery began. A black man was not thought of as a true human. The whites would have a slave to do work for them. Blacks would also pick cotton. It depended on if they were field slaves or house slaves. House slaves would cook, clean, and raised the owner’s children. Although they did all the work, the slaves did not get paid. They were considered as property. In The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn Miss Watson owns a slave, Jim. He ran away. She wanted to sell him south. Racial division was ordinary back in the day but everyone had different views on it, even though the whites still had slaves. No one really thought it was wrong. Huck was raised in a racist environment. He learns about Jim and how awesome he is. It does however take a while before Huck is fully aware about Jim’s nice personality. African-Americans never had rights. They were not allowed in certain white restaurants or other things like use the white people’s bathrooms or drink from their water fountain. They were treated like a minority group and like they weren't even important. Things they could not do included go outside after dark, gather in a group of three or more, own weapons or learn to read or write. In chapter eight Jim owns himself, he is worth 800 dollars. To Jim, he things of himself as rich. No black man has ever had property so he thinks he is important. The "n word" was used as an everyday word in the nineteenth century. It refers to a black person. Jim was called the n word but no one was offended. Today it is extremely offensive to call an African-American that word. However, blacks sometimes call each other using that word. Whites now have respect for blacks unlike times during of Jim’s life in Huckleberry Finn. However some racist people still call African-Americans this word, but it is extremely offensive. "It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself to a nigger; but I done it, and I warn't ever sorry for it afterwards, neither. I didn't do him no more mean tricks, and I wouldn't done that one if I'd a knowed it would make him feel that way." (15.49) Racial division was the normal back in the day. The whites had slaves and they were racist. The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn shows that racial division is completely different from today's world. Blacks are no longer slaves nor discriminated. The president of the United States is even African-american. All colors are equal today, in every way.