Mark Twain: Early American Subversive?


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In a series of stories Written in 1901, Mark Twain envisioned the creation of a "Orwellen society" where books and libraries were banned, confiscated and destroyed. History was to be rewritten glorifying the conquest of foreign lands. Twain's views were shaped by expansion of the American empire during the Philippine-American War, and the suppression of dissent by the US Goverment. For more than ten years he opposed the war and American imperialism. As the president of the Anti-Imperialist League, he was an outspoken critic. From 1900 until shortly before his death, he expressed this opposition in numerous essays, stories, letters and speeches. Twain's impassioned involvement with ...

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made that this was a slave holding community. Twain's early experiences here provided him with the material for his anti-racist novels "Adventures of Huckleberry Fin" and "The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson". Hannibal is a benchmark for the American societys' views of Twain's writings. Tom Sawyer's antics are preferred over stories of slavery and racial strife. It further demonstrates an unwillingness, by design, to address racism past or present. We have a similar aversion to acknowledging the bloody origins of our "shared History" with the Philippines.
Mark Twain's writings provide a good reference for understanding the contours of the public debate over imperialism. Today, as works of original debate, they still retain political significance. Suppressed during WW1 and debated during the Cold War, they provide a rare glimpse of how the history of imperialism was suppressed And more importantly how Americans became mis-educated about their government's historical role in the ...

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