Annotated Bibliography on Mark Twain's "The War Prayer"

Annotated Bibliography
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The source is an essay reprinted with permission from the University of Oregon, and is a scholarly source, documented and cited very well. The essay is informative in nature and is meant to further expose the reader to the idea of American Imperialism and how it was so effectively used when American needed a reason to push hard for westward expansion.


John Trombold is a multiple contributor, and uses this essay to attack the American concepts of Manifest Destiny. The work is a public plea calling for Americans to educate themselves as to the reasoning behind constant war waging. The source is recent, published in 2006, and poignantly reviews historical facts from the American World Wars up to and including our current military occupation in Iraq, and Afghanistan.
This resource would not be a significant contributor to an essay on Mark Twains work, "The War Prayer." The majority of the content is given to out of date American political policy as it was created by Theodore Roosevelt. Trombold attacks Roosevelt for openly lying to the public about the need for a war and for using the American peoples trust to futher his own financial gains. The source neither supports nor weakens Mark Twain's "The War Prayer." The essay asks the American reader of 2008 to think instead how our foreign policies should differ from that of Roosevelt's traditional war hungry America.
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