Mark Twain: a blogger before the internet?
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As it happens, I did already know something of Twain’s political activism: His bitterly sardonic poem, “The War Prayer,” suffices as an introduction to his thoughts on at least one of the issues of the day: the Philippine-American War. What is less known is that Twain also wrote on subjects ranging from Abolition (which he felt freed white men as well as black) to religion, incurring predictable resentments in the process.
Given the sometimes vigorous rebukes he delivered in his writings, and whom he rebuked, it is no surprise that he held his autobiography — which includes much political material previously suppressed — from publication until a century after his death; had he not done this, I suspect that those whom he censured would have retaliated by smearing him, and today his name would be far less broadly known and blurred by far more controversy.