Use of dialect in literature

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    I live in Maine and we have a very homogenous white population. How do I know when dialect used in literature is offensive to others? It has come up as a group of children’s librarians reviewed a picture book set in the Carribbean, as a teacher asked children to put a section of dialect into Standard English, and as my book group reads Twain’s Puddin’head Wilson?

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    Name : Karen McCarthy, Gender : F, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Atheist, Age : 45, City : South Berwick, State : ME Country : United States, Occupation : Children's Librarian, Education level : Over 4 Years of College, Social class : Middle class, 
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