U.S. Intellectual History Blog

For those interested in the Huck Finn controversy

[backdated from 2011 b/c it’s the easiest way to delete a post and I erroneously posted two posts on this subject]

I offer this 2004 essay by Emily Bernard, a black English PhD with mostly white students, about a nuanced, difficult discussion they had about the use of the “n word” in academic and other settings. It is called “Teaching the N Word”