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Johnny Salamander I read the original 1920 version, as it is in the public domain and can be found free online. It uses three different racial slurs (including the n-word) once each. There is also a point in which an African prince wishes he could be turned white, and the main characters use this desire to trick him into setting them free from prison. I've heard that new editions (1988 I guess?) have these parts changed and even go further to have all mentions of "white" or "black" removed.
Carol I agree with Johnny Salamander. I am reading the 1920 original version and note the racial slurs to include the depiction of the black prince. This is a good example of the racism that existed in this country during that time. Literature has a way of exposing the culture of the times.
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