Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more
Download
Standard view
Full view
of .
Look up keyword
Like this
0Activity
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
Mark Twain Was No Liberal

Mark Twain Was No Liberal

Ratings: (0)|Views: 1 |Likes:
Published by Brian McKinny
A debunking of the myth at Samuel L Clemens was a liberal. Mark Twain is often misquoted and this particular quote seems to be the most prevalent. I took it upon myself to rebut this inaccurate and misleading school of thought.
A debunking of the myth at Samuel L Clemens was a liberal. Mark Twain is often misquoted and this particular quote seems to be the most prevalent. I took it upon myself to rebut this inaccurate and misleading school of thought.

More info:

Published by: Brian McKinny on Jul 15, 2013
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as DOCX, PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

07/15/2013

pdf

text

original

 
MARK TWAIN WAS NO LIBERAL
Liberals love to use this quote by Mark Twain as some sort of proof that Mr. Twain was sympathetic to the liberal cause, and would not approve of the Tea Party and the current grassroots patriotic partiesthat have sprouted up to combat the current administrations neo-fascist agenda. But they couldn't be more wrong in the use of thisquote by America's most famous writer and social commentator.To answer the question of what Mark Twain meant when he said what is quoted here, you have to remember what was going on in ourcountry at the time of his statement. The Civil War was raging. As weall know from our high school US History classes, the root cause of theAmerican Civil War was the slavery issue and the question of whethernew states admitted to the union would be slave or free. The
Missouri Compromise
passed in 1820made a rule that prohibited slavery in states from the former Louisiana Purchase the latitude 36degrees 30 minutes north except in Missouri. During the Mexican War, conflict started about what would happen with the new territories that the US expected to gain upon victory. David Wilmot proposed the
Wilmot Proviso
in 1846, which would ban slavery in the new lands. However, this wasshot down after much debate. The
Compromise of 1850
was created by Henry Clay and others todeal with the balance between slave and Free states, northern and southern interests. One of theprovisions was the Fugitive Slave Act .Another issue that further increased tensions was the
Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854
. It created two new territories that would allow the states to use PopularSovereignty to determine whether they would be free or slave. The real issue occurred in Kansaswhere pro-slavery Missourians began to pour into the state to help force it to be slave. They werecalled "Border Ruffians
”.
Problems came to a head in violence at Lawrence, Kansas. The fightingthat occurred caused it to be called "Bleeding Kansas
“.
The fight even erupted onto the floor of theU.S. Senate when anti-slavery proponent Charles Sumner was beat over the head by SouthCarolina's Senator Preston Brooks.These measures were stopgap at best, and were destined to bring the Union closer to war with theSouth, which at the time seemed more and more likelihood with every passing day.However, like SO many liberals love to point out, those that were considered liberals then werereally the conservatives, and the conservatives were the liberals. The context of the time in whichthe quote was spoken is of paramount importance to understanding the why of it all. Mark Twainwas speaking out against slavery, and those conservative democrats who were at the time, drivingthe country headlong into civil war with their refusal to allow the abolishment of slavery.Think about this. At the time, Democrats were the 'conservatives', i.e., supporting the right to keepslavery and slaves as a lawful industry in America, and those Republicans who were considered theliberals of the day - wanting to ensure that all men equal and free - were the real freethinkers of thetime. Mark Twain, aka Samuel L. Clemens would have never supported the agenda this leftist president is currently forcing upon the American people, and to say or insinuate such is purely

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
scribd
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->