He has been at work for eight years on the story of an outcast white boy, Huck, and his adult friend Jim, a runaway slave, who together flee Missouri on a raft down the Mississippi River in the s. Hearn suggests that Twain and Kemble had a similar skill, writing that: Whatever he may have lacked in technical grace The great American novel is about a boy named Huck Finn who fakes his own death to escape his violent father and then goes down the Mississippi River with an escaped slave.
In particular, some consider Twain's satire to be a powerful attack on racism.
Although the judges decline to ban the book, they do state that a school district has a legal duty to take reasonable steps to eliminate a racially hostile environment and can be held liable for damages if they fail to make this effort.
In Kentucky: the Grangerfords and Shepherdsons[ edit ] Traveling onward, Huck and Jim's raft is struck by a passing steamship, again separating the two. None can do that and ever draw a clean sweet breath again on this side of the grave.
After this, events quickly resolve themselves.