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Duluth School District removes 'Huckleberry Finn,' and 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Duluth, Minn. (AP) -

Two classic American novels will no longer be required reading in eastern Minnesota schools because they contain racial slurs. "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "To Kill a Mockingbird" will be dropped from the Duluth school district's English classes next year.

School officials said it's an effort to be considerate to all students, particularly students of color. Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" was published in 1960. Lee writes about a small town in the South and a white Depression-era lawyer who defends a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman.

"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was written by Mark Twain. The 1885 novel is about a friendship between a young white boy and a runaway slave as they escape down the Mississippi River.

The books are still available for optional reading.

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