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William Dean Howells to Mark Twain: War for humanity turned into war for coal-stations

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William Dean Howells: Selections on war

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William Dean Howells
Member of the Anti-Imperialist League

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From a letter to Mark Twain
August 2, 1898

Everything literary here is filled with the din of arms, but Providence, which has turned our war for humanity into a war for coaling-stations, seems to have peace in charge and to be bringing it about. I hope so: for then Mrs. Howells and I will stop fighting, she being a Jingo.

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From a letter to Mark Twain
August 2, 1898

There is the worst kind of political campaign going on, here, with no hope against Tammanny, except Roosevelt, a good, strong, clean man, but a man who did more than any other to bring on the war, and now wants us to have a big army and navy, and go in for imperialism.

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