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Mark Twains View On Slavery

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2: "When Mark Twain was a young boy, he witnessed the brutal murder of a slave in his home town of Hannibal, Missouri by the slave's owner, who killed the man with a thrown rock for "merely doing something awkward."

5: "Man is the only Slave. And he is the only animal who enslaves. He has always been a slave in one form or another, and has always held other slaves in bondage under him in one way or another. In our day he is always some man's slave for wages, and does that man's work; and this slave has other slaves under him for minor wages, and they do his work. The higher animals are the only ones who exclusively do their own work and provide their own living." -Mark Twain,"The Lowest Animal"

8: "In those old slave-holding days the whole community was agreed as to one thing--the awful sacredness of slave property. To help steal a horse or a cow was a low crime, but to help a hunted slave, or feed him or shelter him, or hide him, or comfort him, in his troubles, his terrors, his despair, or hesitate to promptly to betray him to the slave-catcher when opportunity offered was a much baser crime, & carried with it a stain, a moral smirch which nothing could wipe away. That this sentiment should exist among slave-owners is comprehensible--there were good commercial reasons for it--but that it should exist & did exist among the paupers, the loafers the tag-rag & bobtail of the community, & in a passionate & uncompromising form, is not in our remote day realizable.

9: It seemed natural enough to me then; natural enough that Huck & his father the worthless loafer should feel it & approve it, though it seems now absurd. It shows that that strange thing, the conscience--the unerring monitor--can be trained to approve any wild thing you want it to approve if you begin its education early & stick to it." - Notebook #35

10: Many people wonder why Mark Twain wrote about slavery considering it was not in the time period he wrote the novel. People also wondered if it was because he was racist. But Twain focused a lot on slavery because he had experienced it first-hand when he had spent the summer at his uncle's place.

11: One of the main messages that shows Mark Twains views on slavery is "African Americans are people too, but society teaches that they are not."

13: "The skin of every human being contains a slave." - Notebook, 1904

15: "by exposing the hypocrisy of slavery, demonstrates how racism distorts the oppressors as much as it does those who are oppressed. The result is a world of moral confusion, in which seemingly “good” white people such as Miss Watson and Sally Phelps express no concern about the injustice of slavery or the cruelty of separating Jim from his family."

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