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Ken Burns: Mark Twain
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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…
Ken Burns: Mark Twain - Part 2
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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…
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Part of the Series: Masters of American Literature
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Classroom Classics II
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Episode 4 of English in America
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