Mckinley Quotes

Authors: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Categories: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
mckinley-shows-all-background-chocolate-eclair-theodore-roosevelt
robin-mckinleys-the-blue-sword-was-defining-book-my-teen-years-id-love-to-have-more-books-like-that-in-world
mr-chairman-i-think-record-should-show-that-for-first-time-since-mckinley-we-have-republican-president-worth-shooting-i-think-thats-good-sign-james-johnson
i-recall-night-that-president-mckinley-died-i-was-working-at-time-at-theatre-in-st-louis-the-oppressive-feeling-was-in-air-i-could-not-make-people-laugh
Consider the great Samuel Clemens. Huckleberry Finn is one of the few books that all American children are mandated to read: Jonathan Arac, in his brilliant new study of the teaching of Huck, is quite right to term it 'hyper-canonical.' And Twain is a figure in American history as well as in American letters. The only objectors to his presence in the schoolroom are mediocre or fanatical racial nationalists or 'inclusivists, ' like Julius Lester or the Chicago-based Dr John Wallace, who object to Twain's use-in or out of 'context'-of the expression 'nigger.' An empty and formal 'debate' on this has dragged on for decades and flares up every now and again to bore us. But what if Twain were taught as a whole? He served briefly as a Confederate soldier, and wrote a hilarious and melancholy account, The Private History of a Campaign That Failed. He went on to make a fortune by publishing the memoirs of Ulysses Grant. He composed a caustic and brilliant report on the treatment of the Congolese by King Leopold of the Belgians. With William Dean Howells he led the Anti-Imperialist League, to oppose McKinley's and Roosevelt's pious and sanguinary war in the Philippines. Some of the pamphlets he wrote for the league can be set alongside those of Swift and Defoe for their sheer polemical artistry. In 1900 he had a public exchange with Winston Churchill in New York City, in which he attacked American support for the British war in South Africa and British support for the American war in Cuba. Does this count as history? Just try and find any reference to it, not just in textbooks but in more general histories and biographies. The Anti-Imperialist League has gone down the Orwellian memory hole, taking with it a great swirl of truly American passion and intellect, and the grand figure of Twain has become reduced-in part because he upended the vials of ridicule over the national tendency to religious and spiritual quackery, where he discerned what Tocqueville had missed and far anticipated Mencken-to that of a drawling, avuncular fabulist.

Christopher Hitchens
consider-great-samuel-clemens-huckleberry-finn-is-one-few-books-that-all-american-children-are-mandated-to-read-jonathan-arac-in-his-brilliant-new-study-teaching-huck-is-quite-ri
?Earn cash when you save a quote by clicking
EARNED Load...
LEVEL : Load...