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Triumph Through Tragedy | Ken Burns: Mark Twain

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Twain was a passionate man who was able to rise above the personal tragedies he faced in life.

Inclusion | Ken Burns: Mark Twain

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Arthur Miller discusses the ways Mark Twain included himself in his commentaries and critique of human behavior, and in doing so, achieved greatness in his work.

Sage | Ken Burns: Mark Twain

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Every reporter wanted a quote from Twain about events of the day. He became the sage of the country.

"Huckleberry Finn" | Ken Burns: Mark Twain

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Huckleberry Finn is one of Mark Twain's most beloved characters, and the book his masterpiece. Twain's novel was told from a southern perspective, and took away any romanticism with slavery.

"The Innocents Abroad" | Ken Burns: Mark Twain

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In July of 1869, Twain's The Innocents Abroad appeared at last. It was a subscription book sold door-to-door, and it made Mark Twain the most successful writer in the world. Instead of going for a cultivated audience, Twain went for the masses. "Great books are wine," said Twain. "My books are water...but everybody drinks water."

The Problem of Race | Ken Burns: Mark Twain

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Twain knew if America was going to be a great nation, the problem of race had to be talked about and brought to light. Mark Twain saw what America was about and he was not afraid to hold up a mirror.

Hannibal, Missouri | Ken Burns: Mark Twain

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The idea of place formed Mark Twain, and through Mark Twain we see Hannibal, Missouri as something of an Eden, a place of eternal summer.

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