Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn: An Analysis (NWL)

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Program Type: Lecture/Workshop
Age Group: Adult
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Mark Twain’s 1885 novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is simultaneously acknowledged as a masterpiece and banned from schools. James Joseph Golden, director of education at the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, will explore the book in the long context of American history,  beginning with the origins and growth of slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and continuing on through to the Civil Rights movement to today. The program concludes by examining the role of this book as a catalyst for positive social change, and a discussion of book banning and censorship

Golden studied divinity and history at the University of Edinburgh before completing his doctorate in modern history at the University of Oxford. Since 2015 he has been the director of education at the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Connecticut, and has taught history at Trinity College, the University of Hartford, and Wesleyan University. His published work includes contributions to the English Historical Review and collections of essays published by Four Courts Press and Bloomsbury Academic, including Mark Twain and Youth: Studies in his Life and Writing (New York, 2016).

PARKING: There is ample library event parking in the nearby Isham Garage. Please bypass the garage kiosks and come directly to the Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 South Main Street, where you may validate your parking with your license plate number.