Mark Twain

Premiered January, 2002

In his time, Mark Twain was considered the funniest man on earth. Yet he was also an unflinching critic of human nature, using his humor to attack hypocrisy, greed and racism. In this series, Ken Burns has created an illuminating portrait of the man who is also one of the greatest writers in American history.

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Video thumbnail: Mark Twain Huckleberry Finn

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Huckleberry Finn

Huckleberry Finn is Mark Twain's masterpiece

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Huckleberry Finn

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Sage

Mark Twain became the sage of the country

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Sage

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Samuel Clemens

Sam Clemens decided to take on a new name, Mark Twain

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Samuel Clemens

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Video thumbnail: Mark Twain Mark Twain Goes Abroad

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Mark Twain Goes Abroad

Twain traveled abroad with the idea that America is the center of the universe, not Europe

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Mark Twain Goes Abroad

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Video thumbnail: Mark Twain Mark Twain: American Speech

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Mark Twain: American Speech

Twain made American speech something to be admired.

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Mark Twain: American Speech

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Video thumbnail: Mark Twain Mark Twain: Arnt we Funny Animals?

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Mark Twain: Arnt we Funny Animals?

Hal Holbrook discusses how Twain's writing makes him feel.

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Mark Twain: Arnt we Funny Animals?

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Video thumbnail: Mark Twain Mark Twain: Dark, Depressive Streak

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Mark Twain: Dark, Depressive Streak

Twain's humor is always colored by the knowledge that horrible things can happen in life.

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Mark Twain: Dark, Depressive Streak

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Mark Twain: Hannibal, MO

The idea of Place formed Mark Twain.

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Mark Twain: Hannibal, MO

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