Huck Finn's "Hidden" Lessons questions the educational suitability of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" in the classroom. The author argues that the book teaches misguided lessons about race relations. Huck Finn's "Hidden" Lessons challenges the more typical understanding of Huck Finn and guides readers through an analysis that demonstrates how racism functions in the book and the classroom.
Sharon E. Rush is a professor at the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Part 1 Part I: Huck the Novel Introduction: What Is the Problem? Chapter 2 1. Twain and the Color Line Chapter 3 2. The Legal Roots of Racism during Twain's Lifetime: The "Separate but Equal" Doctrine Chapter 4 3. Huck and Emotional Segregation: A Culture of Disrespect in the Classroom Chapter 5 4. Huck and the Canon of American Literature Part 6 Part II: Teaching the Novel Chapter 7 5. Teaching Democratic Values Chapter 8 6. How a Decision to Teach Huck Conflicts with Teaching Democratic Values and Authenticity Chapter 9 7. What Do Children Know about Race Chapter 10 8. Emotional Intelligence: A Culture of Respect and Equality in the Classroom Chapter 11 9. So What Do We Do with Huck?