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23 September 1993
Was Huck Black? Mark Twain and African-American Voices 
by Shelley Fishkin.
Oxford, 270 pp., £17.50, June 1993, 0 19 508214 1
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Black Legacy: America’s Hidden Heritage 
by William Piersen.
Massachusetts, 264 pp., £36, August 1993, 9780870238543
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Black and White Strangers: Race and American Literary Realism 
by Kenneth Warren.
Chicago, 178 pp., £21.95, August 1993, 0 226 87384 6
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... even enthralled, by the black voices which would have surrounded him during his formative years. It was so for every white Southern child. The evidence for this is copious. Both Fishkin and Piersen give examples; and one will do here, from W.J. Cash’s famous The Mind of the South: ‘in this society ... in which nearly the whole body of whites, young and old, had constantly before their eyes ...

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