"The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today (1873)"

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    "A novel by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner, which explores political and economic corruption in the United States. The central characters, Colonel Beriah Sellers and Senator Abner Dilworthy, are tied together in a government railroad bribery scheme. Twain and Warner depict an American society that, despite its appearance of promise and prosperity, is riddled with corruption and scandal."

    "Two general themes caused tension during the Gilded Age:

    1. Laissez-faire: a doctrine opposing government interference in economic affairs beyond the minimum necessary for the maintenance of peace and property rights." Source: Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary (1990).
    2. Concentration of power in the hands of the government at all levels - local, state, and federal. Government during this period assumed more authority and power, especially expanding its bureaucratic control and authority. Major areas of expansion of government power included land policy, railroad subsidies, tax/tariff policy, immigration policy, and Indian policy."

    For more history, please see this link:
    H102 Lecture 04: The Gilded Age and the Politics of Corruption
     
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    Mark's best stuff was his reporting. Innocents Abroad is still a fun read.

    His single best effort was in A tramp Abroad, where he eviscerates the German language.

    Russian is worse. They have six cases
     
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    Huck Finn is probably his master opus.

    Here is the online audio version.

    If you haven't read or at least listened to this book, you really are missing one of the quientessentially AMERICAN masterpieces.
     
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    good story. too bad he pulled his punches as the end.

    It should have ended where the Duke and Dauphin get rode out of town on the rail, but he had to make a happy ending.

    Wry Catcher reminds me a bit of old man Finn
     
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    I have read Huck Finn twice a year for decades. In my humble opinion, one does not understand America without understanding baseball and "the River and a Boy".
     

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