Mark Twain begins his story with his birth as Samuel Clemens on November 30, 1835 in Florida, Missouri. He was birthed to John Marshall Clemens Jane Lampton. Sam though was born two months prematurely and was a weak and frail as a child. It was unknown whether Sam was going to survive but as history would dictate he would and he would go on to become one of the most famous writers of American literature.
Samuel Clemens as a child lived in a time when the south had the slave trade and it a thriving business. Sam’s father John even owned a slave himself. To Sam she was a part of the family especially since she saved his life. However she would have to be sold because his father would falter on another venture he attempted for a career. Even with the experiences he had with his father’s former slave, he would grow up with the same attitude as practically everyone else in the South. However he would learn to learn to appreciate and get a strong liking of blacks at his Uncle Quarles house over the summer.
Sam would be influenced as a writer he was younger because of what he saw a boy. He would use life experiences to create the characters, and settings he would witness. “Sam saw one unarmed man shot down in the street in cold blood (it was an event that would later be recreated in Huckleberry Finn)” (21). He would also witness a slave get murdered as well find the corpse of one that had escaped but was killed.
Sam would leave home eventually and would start a life on the Mississippi river; he would begin that life on the steam boat called the Paul Jones. His initial plan was to go to Brazil to set up a life for himself there that started in Cincinnati, Ohio. That dream would end up being exactly that, a dream. However it was at this time he decided he wanted to learn to be a steam boat pilot. He would then convince the Paul Jones captain Horace Bixby to take him on as an apprentice. He would spend four years on the river and would eventually earn his license...