On February 18, 1885, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, was published in the United States. Though a sequel to his book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Twain (the pen name of Samuel Clemens) wrote it as a more serious look at slavery and life in the American South before the Civil War. The book follows Huck and his friend Jim, a runaway slave, as they float down the Mississippi River on a wooden raft. Their destination is Ohio, a state where slavery is outlawed.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry Civil War Noun
(1860-1865) American conflict between the Union (north) and Confederacy (south).
Mark Twain Noun
(1835-1910, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens) American writer.
fictional narrative or story.
to provide a written piece of work, such as a book or newspaper, for sale or distribution.
government or social system based on the belief that one ethnic group is superior to all others.
flat, floating platform.
process and condition of owning another human being or being owned by another human being.
large community, linked through similarities or relationships.
loosely defined geographic region largely composed of states that supported or were sympathetic to the Confederate States of America (Confederacy) during the U.S. Civil War.