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Mark Twain San Francisco & Roughing It

San Francisco & Roughing It

Unlike Ken Burns's Civil War, Mark Twain's was a short one. 

Zing. Burnin' the Burns. 

Twain trained for two weeks with a Confederate militia which then disbanded, effectively ending his military career. In 1862, his older brother Orion was offered a job as the personal secretary to the territorial governor of Nevada. He asked Twain if he would like to come along as his assistant, and Twain jumped at the chance. "I had never been away from home, and that word 'travel' had a seductive charm for me," 

You know what they say: behind every great man is a great woman, rolling her eyes and saying, "Mark, you can't write three fart jokes in one chapter, have some self-control."

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