Missouri's Visitor's Bureau and Chamber of Commerce have dubbed the Mississippi River town to be "America's Hometown" in honor of its most famous citizen, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain. In Hannibal, Tom Sawyer, with what are believed to be his endearing shenanigans and humorous pranks, is presented to tourists, as well as residents, as the ideal boy. Huckleberry Finn, on the other hand, is swept under the rug so as not to burden visitors and/or townspeople with Hannibal's true slaveholding past, and the racism still lingering in the present.

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