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Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau

Civil Disobedience

by Henry David Thoreau

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In this classic essay by Henry David Thoreau, he stresses that individuals should not allow governments to rule over their conscience by forcing them to contribute to injustices through taxes or other support. Thoreau advocates breaking laws in a civil manner if one believes they are unjust. This essay would go on to influence Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and many others.


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Thoreau refused to pay taxes in 1846, based on his opposition to the Mexican War, and was later jailed (Abraham Lincoln and he were the only noted Americans who opposed this war). He described the event in this popular essay that was originally entitled Resistance to Civil Government.


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  • Published: 2002
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: C016781
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