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Dave Davis <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 5 Aug 2020 15:49:13 -0400
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Self-identified as a Mugwump.
I think he supported Cleveland, as a reformer.
Loathed TR.
Adored Grant, but as a General, I don't know that he spoke about Grant's
Presidency at all.
Loathed Congress
Kissed up to Speaker Cannon (1906-- the Copyright Act lobbying)

On Wed, Aug 5, 2020 at 3:40 PM Hal Bush <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Miki, I'm intrigued with your notion that MT's politics were different
> from Sam's, and how and why, etc. Personally I have veered away from those
> sorts of outright splits, over the years, but even old dogs can learn new
> tricks, I guess.
> More to your point, Jim Leonard has a good chapter on this topic in the
> recent volume, MT in Context, ed. John Bird.
> Also: I am reminded of a few of the old chestnuts as sources: Lou Budd,
> Mark Twain, Social Philosopher; Arthur Pettit, Mark Twain & the South; and
> Phillip Foner, Mark Twain, Social Critic.
> Dr. Hal Bush
> Professor of English &
> Director of the Undergraduate Program
> Saint Louis University
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> From: Mark Twain Forum <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of miki pfeffer <
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> Subject: [External] What were Mark Twain's politics?
> Hello all,
> During a recent interview with Steve Courtney of the Mark Twain House
> (thank you Steve; thank you MTH) as part of the "Trouble at Home" series, I
> was asked this question:
> "What were Grace King's politics?"
> I struggled to answer with clarity in the moment, as I might about my own
> if asked.
> So I am asking you wise ones whose answers I always read with interest (and
> often with amusement):
> What were Mark Twain's politics?
> Likewise, what were Sam Clemens's politics?
> Thanks in advance,
> Miki Pfeffer
> --
> Miki Pfeffer, Ph D
> *A** New Orlean**s Author i**n Mark Twain's Court: *
> *Letters from Grace King's New England Sojourns   *
> (LSU Press, 2019)
> *Southern Ladies and Suffragists: Julia Ward Howe and Women's Rights at the
> 1884 New Orleans World's Fair   *(University Press of Mississippi, 2014)