Movement on to remove "N-word" from Twain novels

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The books are considered classic literature and are required reading material in many of the public school systems around the United States, but a move is on to change Mark Twain's words a century after his death.

A new edition of Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "Tom Sawyer" are taking the extra step of removing the racially-charged "N-word" and replacing it with the word "slave" in an effort not to offend readers.

Twain scholar Alan Gribben is working with NewSouth Books of Montgomery, Alabama to publish a combined volume of the books in February. The move won't happen without some outcry, however. Some are blasting the decision, accusing Gribben of desecrating Twain's novels.

The idea to remove the word has raised the issue to national attention. NBC Nightly News sent a correspondent to Alabama's capital city Wednesday to look into the move, interviewing Montgomery Public School Superintendent Barbara Thompson for a segment.

The N-word appears in the two novels more than 200 times.

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