Samuel Clemens took on the pen name Mark Twain, meaning "safe in water", as a nod to his pilot days on the Mississippi River. He is remembered for his money troubles, white suit, and cynicism. One of his most famous novels is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. We will spend a significant amount of time covering background information related to this work, and it is imperative that you approach it with maturity and sensitivity.
We watched "Unchained Memories," an HBO documentary on the Slave Narratives, before we started reading the novel. More than 2500 slave narratives, along with 500 photos are available online at the Library of Congress' "Born in Slavery" website.
This site has lots of great background info, including many of Kemble's illustrations. We discussed these pictures when we went over background of the novel.
Views from the Mississippi River Slideshow
"The Words of Pap Finn's Rant" - An interesting argument on the importance of language and precise word choice in Huck Finn.
November 30th was Mark Twain's birthday. Google paid tribute to our author on that day.
Family Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys
Here are our class discussion note guides.
Chapters 32-34 PowerPoint attached below