Essay about Mark Twain

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      Mark Twain was a catalyst for the American education reform movement and the social changes that it brought. By writing in a style that the common man could relate to, he opened a nations eyes to problems, within the nation, that may have gone undetected. Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) was born on November 30, 1835 in Florida, Missouri, which was two months sooner than expected. At this time Missouri was a slave holding state. However, Twain's father, a local storeowner, was against slavery in all forms and instilled this belief in his son at a young age. Twain 's hometown was small. He describe it as having two main roads only 100 yards long with a population of no more than 50 people. In…show more content…
Many towns banned his books from being sold. They were deemed a threat to the southern way of life and many were censored without Twain's knowledge. The slaves had ready been freed, however, they were not thought of as equals, both in the south and in the north. Not only did the south ban his book but so did some places in the north. Even in our nation's capitol, only the censored versions of Twain's books were allowed to be sold. Twain's publisher was forced to censor his stories for sensitive material before they could be put on the shelf. This idea of equality of all races was a new, radical, and dangerous idea. It threatened to further damage the already shaky foundation of the south. Many of our nations leaders did not want people thinking this way. Black and white people living together in harmony was thought to be the downfall of society. Many of our nations leaders thought that the common people would rally around them, in support of the censorship of these books and not support Twain. This, in fact, was not the case. Censoring these books only sparked people's curiosity to read the real version of the books. Twain gathered a large following of fans who supported his abolitionist views. These people, both black and white wrote letters, and protested in support of Twain's books. Eventually, the uncensored copies of these stories were released to the majority of the population. This brought a

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