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“A Witness More Powerful than Himself”: Race, Testimony, and Twain’s Courtroom Farces

Hsuan L. Hsu

in Sitting in Darkness: Mark Twain's Asia and Comparative Racialization

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479880416
eISBN:
9781479843404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479880416.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter examines various responses to the 1854 People v. Hall case, in which the California Supreme Court extended (through the logic of racial analogy) a ban on African American and Native ... More


Sam Clemens the Missourian: Early Acquaintances with “Chinamen”

Selina Lai-Henderson

in Mark Twain in China

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780804789646
eISBN:
9780804794756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804789646.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter begins with Clemens’s early adventures in the American West in the 1860s. What Clemens witnessed in the frontier would contradict the founding ideals that he once learned as a child in ... More


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