Thearticle was translated into Russian at once and distributed in pamphletform by the Russian Social Revolutionary party. A few months later Mark Twain wrote King Leopolds Soliloquy expresslyto raise money for the Congo Reform Association.
Mark Twain quoted Smithscommand: Kill and burn?this is no time to take prisoners?the more youkill and burn, the better?Kill all above the age of ten?make Samar a howlingwilderness! Uncounted thousands of Filipino civilians were butchered by the Americanimperialists as a result of this order, carried out in retaliation fora Filipino attack on the U.S.
Essay "On the Decay of the Art of Lying," by Mark Twain
But Twain's biographer Albert Bigelow Paine defends Twain saying it is actually his greatest writing: "Considered from every point of view, Joan of Arc is Mark Twain's supreme literary expression, the loftiest, the most delicate, the most luminous example of his work." and
I personally consider Mark Twain's biography about Saint Joan to be one of the best I have read.
Joan of Arc - Maid of Heaven - Mark Twain's Writings
Below the link is an interesting essay written by Mark Twain about Saint Joan of Arc that gives a lot of insight into why Twain devoted so much time and energy into writing a biography about her.
Mark Twain: "The Awful German Language" - Kombu
The Anti-Imperialist League, after a stormy convention in which the foundingof an anti-imperialist third party was seriously considered, narrowly votedto support Bryan (who lost by 800,000 votes out of 13.5 million cast?African-Americans,many foreign-born workers, and all women were barred from voting). In the February 1901 , Mark Twain publishedTo the Person Sitting in Darkness, perhaps his most popular and influentialanti-imperialist essay.
This is Appendix D from Twain's 1880 book A Tramp Abroad
And in 1899, just after the Spanish-American War, the United States wasindeed determined to become conqueror of the Philippines. When the Spanish-American War broke out in 1898, Mark Twain was livingin Austria, and was only able to summon a fuzzy picture of its causes.
Note that the German orthography is that of the late 19th century.
(Tens of thousands of Boer women and children and blackAfricans had perished in these camps.) At the same time, Mark Twain denounced the multinational plunderingand dismemberment of China, which had provoked the Boxer Rebellion?themismatched attempt of the Chinese people to drive the imperialist murderers,who introduced mass opium production and trafficking, out of their country.