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Mark Twain's Weapons of Satire: Anti-imperialist Writings on the Philippine-American War (Studies on Peace & Conflict Resolution)

Mark Twain s Weapons of Satire Anti imperialist Writings on the Philippine American War Studies on Peace Conflict Resolution Mark Twain was described by a contemporary newspaper as the most influential anti imperialist and the most dreaded critic of the sacrosanct person in the White House that the country contains Although

  • Title: Mark Twain's Weapons of Satire: Anti-imperialist Writings on the Philippine-American War (Studies on Peace & Conflict Resolution)
  • Author: Mark Twain Jim Zwick
  • ISBN: 9780815602682
  • Page: 453
  • Format: Cloth
  • Mark Twain was described by a contemporary newspaper as the most influential anti imperialist and the most dreaded critic of the sacrosanct person in the White House that the country contains Although not a pacifist, Twain was the most prominent opponent of the Philippine American War Today, however, this aspect of Mark Twain s career is barely known His writings on tMark Twain was described by a contemporary newspaper as the most influential anti imperialist and the most dreaded critic of the sacrosanct person in the White House that the country contains Although not a pacifist, Twain was the most prominent opponent of the Philippine American War Today, however, this aspect of Mark Twain s career is barely known His writings on the war have never been collected in a single volume, and a number of them are published here for the first time Although he was a vice president of the Anti Imperialist League from 1901 to 1910, until now no thorough study had been made of his relationship with the organized opposition to the war Drawing upon the unpublished manuscripts of Mark Twain and various leaders of the League, Jim Zwick s Introduction and headnotes provide the most complete account of Twain s involvement in the anti imperialist movement Mark Twain s writings sparked intense controversy when they were written Readers will appreciate the continuing relevance and quotability of his statements on the abuse of patriotism, the treason of requiring school children to salute the flag, the right to dissent, the importance of self government, and the value of America s democratic and anticolonial traditions This book will prove valuable to all who are interested in Twain and his works as well as to teachers of literature, peace studies, and history.

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    1. In the final decade of his life, Mark Twain became the most visible spokesman for The American Anti-Imperialist League. This organisation was formed to oppose America's annexation and subjugation of the Philippines, and the Philippine-American War that accomplished that goal. Today, that most shameful of all American wars has been nearly blotted from memory, and along with it the memory of Mark Twain's principled and vigorous opposition to it. For that opposition, he was denigrated in the press, [...]

    2. Mark Twain's scathing wit is turned on the imperialistic ambitions of American politicians and foreign policy in this collection of his speeches, letters, essays and columns. It's easy to remember Twain for his comedic works we read in high school, but if you'll remember, even those had a moral and point as well as a subtle critique of societal factors. Twain was nothing if not an activist. Shaming your government and placing yourself at risk of having your patriotism questioned, of being called [...]

    3. This is a compilation of Mark Twains writings on the war in the Philippines and other military ventures of the late 19th and early 20th century. I honestly think that many of these passages could be used to describe current goings on in American politics and while not all of the selected works are created equal, the ones that resonate through history make the entire book worth the read. However, some of the passages are dated and will make this short collection drag at certain points.

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