Mark Twain's Boyhood Home

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Hannibal Missouri

When Twain would return to his boyhood home, he often remarked on how small it was, but as a child he thought of it as one of the most spacious houses in Hannibal.

Show me the child at seven, and I will show you the man.

Twain had an idyllic childhood in the sense that he was free to run and explore. The woods and the river around Hannibal was his playground. Raised in a state that was torn in its stand on slavery, Twain was able to see several sides to an argument and the injustices as played out on the edge of his frontier.