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Our First Ever Transatlantic Event: Huckleberry Finn & Racism

How Mark Twain – who opened our library in 1900 –  and contemporaries  like former slave, Frederick Douglass, responded to American racism, and their relevance to today

You don’t need to have read Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to connect with Erin Bartram’s exploration of attitudes to racism and white supremacy through the writings of one of America’s best loved authors, Mark Twain.

Speaking live from Mark Twain House in America, Erin will discuss Twain’s attitude to racism and social reform alongside other 19th century American writers – including escaped slave, Frederick Douglass (the first African American to be nominated for US Vice President in 1872), Uncle Remus author, Joel Chandler Harris, and social reformers Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Benjamin Franklin Butler.

Connections will be made between present day Black Lives Matter campaigns and the subject matter of Twain and his contemporaries.

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