By Walter Carruthers Sellar, Robert Julian Yeatman, John Reynolds
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Extra resources for 1066 and All That: A Memorable History of England
Such resilience would necessarily include Jim's acknowledgment of Jim Crow, the concept evolved in the South and subsequently spread to the North. Twain was fully aware of the growth of Jim Crow separatism from as early as 1869 through the period the novel was written, and Jim's status as tragic hero is developed with this in mind. Further rounding out Jim's role as hero, the creation of Jim Crow allows readers to witness Jim coping with a different, more tenacious and subtle form of racism. , shifted from being a song-and-dance caricature of African Americans to becoming "a wall, a system, a way of separating people from people.
Now they also undergo substantial transformation. More importantly, this chapter reexamines what critics have identified as the failed last chapters; it places the final portion of the novel within the structural metaphor of Reconstruction and post-Reconstruction, periods that Twain felt were not successful in their vision. Tom's reappearance signals the still (un)reconstructed South, for he sees no problem in using Jim as a vehicle for having fun and adventure. While some critics contend that Huck's complicity in Tom's "evasion" diminishes his earlier resolve, I assert that Huck remains true and consistent to the goal of freeing Jim, thereby assuming the role of the (re)constructing South.
Durpree, Dean Bishop, Shelley Fisher Fishkin, Jim Miller, David E. E. Sloane, David Bradley, Danielle Taylor-Guthrie, and John E. Grassie deserve more appreciation and admiration than I could ever give them for contributing to my writing this book. I must also express my sincere gratitude to each and every person at The Mark Twain Memorial in Hartford, CT. They encouraged me, asked pointed and pertinent questions, gave me access to vast research resources, including, most importantly, access to high school students and teachers around the country.