The seventy-five years of Twain's life (1835-1910) ran in parallel with America's transformation from an agrarian democracy into an industrial oligarchy.
[Lewis Lapham, Across the Atlantic]
Samuel L. Clemens was a world traveler. He was also a journalist and the author of many books. Rather than critique his writings, this site is devoted to presenting the geography of the many places he visited and/or spoke about. The site was conceived of as a series of courses or an interactive textbook of Historical Geography. Several of the major sections follow his books, such as Roughing It and Innocents Abroad, parsed into geographically significant sections. Each section should provide a starting point for discussion and research. The process is on-going.