KU Scholar Susan Harris Examines Mark Twain's Views on American Imperialism at Kansas City Public Library

For Immediate Release:
September 30, 2011
Contact: Paul Smith
816.701.3668
KU Scholar Susan Harris Examines Mark Twain's Views on American Imperialism at Kansas City Public Library

The Kansas City Public Library hosts Mark Twain scholar Susan Harris for a look at the rarely seen political side of the great American author with Mark Twain and the Philippines: How One Major Writer Viewed America's Entry into Global Imperialism on Tuesday, October 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

The annexation of the Philippines by the United States (following the Spanish-American War) was a contentious issue at the turn of the last century. Supporters of annexation called the notion "benevolent assimilation," while Mark Twain - interested by the racial and religious ideologies circulating amid the national debate - called it "hogwash" and "pious hypocrisy."

The questions that Twain posited publicly about America's role in the world remain as relevant in 2011 as much as they were in 1900.

Admission is free. RSVP online or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.

Harris is the Hall Distinguished Professor of American Literature at the University of Kansas. She is author of God's Arbiters: Americans and the Philippines, 1898-1902 (The War that Sparked Mark Twain's Conflict with America) and The Courtship of Olivia Langdon and Mark Twain.

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