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The Mark Twain House & Museum, Talk

April 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

Arming the World tells the story of how the small arms industry began in the United States. Almost from the beginning, our country produced arms in new, and radically different, ways— with the federal government purchasing these arms at a staggering rate during and after the Civil War. Soon, salesmen from companies like Colt, based in Hartford, would be traveling the world marketing their guns. American gun-makers sold rifles, side-arms, and cartridges to great powers, restive colonies, and fading empires alike. Adding a new element to the unstable global balance of power, American gun-makers affected the course of history of not only our country but the entire world.

Choose your own price for non-members. Free for MTH&M and community members. REGISTER HERE.

Copies of Arming the World: American Gun-makers in the Gilded Age are available for purchase through the Mark Twain Store; proceeds benefit The Mark Twain House & Museum. Books will be shipped after the event. We regret that we are NOT able to ship books outside the United States as it is cost-prohibitive to do so.


About the Author:

Geoffrey Stewart received A.B. and A.M. degrees from Brown University and his legal training at Harvard Law School. He is co-author of The Anointed, a history of the rise to prominence of three influential New York City law firms during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Mr. Stewart has written articles for law reviews and legal publications, as well as two privately published books. He is currently at work on a book about the United States’ confederation period (1781–89). He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

About the Moderator:

Dean King is an award-winning author of ten nonfiction books, including Guardians of the Valley, Skeletons on the Zahara, Unbound, and The Feud in Appalachia. His writing has appeared in Granta, National Geographic Adventure, Travel & Leisure, New York magazine, The New York Times, and other publications. King has also appeared on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, ABC World News Tonight, PBS American Experience, BBC Radio, and TEDx. He is a partner of Gum Street Productions, which is currently developing a feature documentary for Netflix.


April 11
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT


Mark Twain House & Museum
351 Farmington Ave
Hartford, CT
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