Historical Context in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Transition from Romanticism to Realism: Having been published after the American Civil War, The Adventure’s of Huckleberry Finn reflects the influence of both romanticism—which focuses on human emotion and an appreciation of nature, among other things—and regionalism. Though romanticism had been the dominant literary force during much of the 19th century, it gave way to regionalism, a style that roots itself in a particular place and its traditions and dialect. Eventually, regionalism would serve as a bridge between romanticism and realism.
American Slavery: Although written after abolition, The Adventure’s of Huckleberry Finn is set while slavery is still legal in the United States, sometime in the 1830s/1840s. Because slaves were considered property of their owners, to aid one to freedom, as Huck does for Jim, was, according to social customs, a morally reprehensible goal that constituted theft.
Historical Context Examples in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn:
"It was 'lection day, and I was just about to go and vote myself if I warn't too drunk to get there; but when they told me there was a state in this country where they'd let that nigger vote, I drawed out...." See in text (Chapter VI)
"Angel of Death..." See in text (Chapter VI)
"Adam..." See in text (Chapter VI)
"six months..." See in text (Chapter VI)
"raised Cain..." See in text (Chapter VI)
"the late Charlemagne..." See in text (Chapter XIX)
"the Duke of Bridgewater..." See in text (Chapter XIX)
"a little temperance revival..." See in text (Chapter XIX)
"tar and feather..." See in text (Chapter XIX)
"Jim he allowed they was made, but I allowed they happened..." See in text (Chapter XIX)