Mark Twain

In his time, Mark Twain was considered the funniest man on earth. Yet he was also an unflinching critic of human nature, using his humor to attack hypocrisy, greed and racism. In this series, Ken Burns has created an illuminating portrait of the man who is also one of the greatest writers in American history.

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Huckleberry Finn

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Huckleberry Finn is Mark Twain's masterpiece



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Samuel Clemens

00:53

Sam Clemens decided to take on a new name: Mark Twain.

Problem of Race

00:27

Twain knew for America to be great, race had to be discussed.

Mark Twain Goes Abroad

00:26

Twain traveled abroad with the idea that America is the center of the universe, not Europe

American Speech

00:24

Twain made American speech something to be admired.

Innocents Abroad

01:04

Innocents Abroad was a subscription book.

The Mississippi River

00:18

The Mississippi River was a sacred place for Twain.