The Mississippi Bubble – Long Excerpt

From Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, by Charles MacKay, 1841

(Slightly edited. For the complete book, go to Project Gutenberg.)


In reading the history of nations, we find that, like individuals, they have their whims and their peculiarities; their seasons of excitement and recklessness, when they care not what they do. Continue reading “The Mississippi Bubble – Long Excerpt”

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Huck Finn and the Two Grifters – 2,200 Word Excerpt

When Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published in 1885, it was attacked for its rough language and themes, its disrespect for authority, and for not being "uplifting." Twain uses the "n-word" casually throughout Huckleberry Finn to criticize the racism of his day. Continue reading “Huck Finn and the Two Grifters – 2,200 Word Excerpt”

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