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: First serialized in âThe Century Magazineâ between 1893 and 1894, Mark Twainâs âPuddânhead Wilsonâ is a murder mystery set before the American Civil War in Missouri, more specifically, on the Mississippi River. During infancy, a light-skinned black baby and a white-skinned baby were switched at birth by a slave mother. Because the black baby grows up thinking he is white, he is highly racist toward his slaves. The white baby, who thinks he is a slave, grows up with no guidance and makes a living stealing, drinking, and doing other immoral things. During a murder trial, the town lawyer Puddnâhead Wilson, who is seen as a peculiar fellow by the townsfolk, is able to expose the boysâ true identities. âPuddnâhead Wilsonâ is a story carried by themes of racism, Southern customs, and questions of identity. On the surface it is a witty and satirical tale but as one digs deeper a biting social commentary of racial inequality can be found. This edition is printed on premium acid-free paper.