In 1884, Samuel Clemens published the most important American novel ever written–Huckleberry Finn. Yet in 2013, prison officials refuse to allow it inside the libraries. It’s won every major writing award; writings by “Samuel Clemens” have been read by children and adults since the middle of the 1880’s. So… what? The book was published two decades after the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of the Civil War. Twain took on the problem of Jim Crow laws, designed to limit the power of blacks in the South. Which states routinely ban this marvelous book? Yep. One prison official actually said it would never appear in his prison because it uses the word “nigger.” Well, I’m sure that word never echoes in the unit’s hallways and would be an amazing new vocabulary word there, right? Or might it just be that seeing the word, and recognizing the first-ever bi-racial friendship described in magnificent literature, is somehow still a threat?