The overall American critical reaction to the publishing of The Adventures of Huck Finn in 1855 was summed up in one word: "trash". Louisa May Alcott (author of Little Women and Little Men) said, "If Mr. Clemens cannot think of anything better to tell our pure-minded lads and lassies, he had better stop writing for them." The Public Library Committee of Concord, Massachusetts excluded the book as "a dangerous moral influence on the young." Defend or refute the position that the novel is indeed "trash" with evidence from the text to support your claim.
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This is a very involved question for this short answer forum. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has gone through many decades of censorship and acceptance. Huck Finn must be accepted within the context of the time that Twain wrote it in. Huck Finn takes place during pre-civil war time. This should be enough to put Twain's writings into perspective. Although extremely offensive, words like "nigger" were the norms. Black stereotypes proliferate the book but here Twain is just increasing his level of satire. Twain does this to show how hypocritical slavery was in the South. He also illuminates how black people were treated in wider America, "the land of the free."