Mark Twain

(1835-1910)

WHO S/HE WAS:

Mark Twain was a famous author, satirist, essayist, newspaper contributor, and lecturer. He wrote about a myriad of topics, ranging from life along the Mississippi River, detailed in famous works such as _The Adventures of Tom Sawyer_ (1872) and _The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn_ (1884), to a collection of essays written while abroad, to political essays. Twain was an influential writer of his time and remains so today.

WHAT S/HE SAID:

There must be two Americas, one that sets the captive free, and one that takes a once-captive’s new freedom away.

WHY S/HE MATTERED:

During the Spanish-American War, Twain became a fervent anti-imperialist, even joining the Anti-Imperialist League. His sentiments about that war and the war in the Phillippines were published nationwide.

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