Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain | Banned Books Project


Thirteen-year-old Huck runs away from his alcoholic and abusive father in a stolen canoe. Hiding on a wooded island, he comes upon a slave named Jim, who is also fleeing–from slavery. The two set off down the Mississippi on a piece of a raft, each in search of his own kind of freedom.

Locations Banned:

Concord, Massachusetts, 1885; Brooklyn Public Library, New York, 1905; New York City, New York, 1957; Alexandria, Virginia, 1982; Waukegan, Illinois, 1984; Phoenix, Arizona, 1996;  Cherry Hill, New Jersey Schools, 1997; Renton, Washington, 2004; Ridgefield, Washington, 2009

Locations Challenged:

Renton, Washington, 2003; North Richland Hills, Texas, 2007


Story insensitive towards African-Americans, promotes racism, obscene material.


Hechinger, Fred M. “About Education; Irrationality, Futility and Huck’s Censors.” New York Times. June 4, 1985. Accesses January 19, 2018.

Flood, Allison. “Teacher proclaims Twain, Lee and Steinbeck irrelevant in Obama age.” The Guardian. January 23, 2009.  Accessed January 19, 2018.


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