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Still Teaching Huck Finn

In Mr. Secino’s class, students said the book was valuable as a way of understanding history. “It reminds you that this (slavery) actually happened,” said Mariana Z. Peltier.

“It’s hard to believe that the Land of the Free was treating human beings like that,” said Conor E. Shea.

Idaresit O. Uko said the fact that Tom and Huck were, it turns out, trying to hide a slave who was already freed, is a metaphor for how the country was trying to keep blacks enslaved even after the Civil War.

Jonathan H. Sokolowski said the book reminds readers that, “You need to keep knowledge of the past so that you can move forward.”

Read the full story on Worcester’s telegram.com.

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