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Henry David Thoreau was an American philosopher, born on July 12, 1817 in Massachusetts. The man showed an analytical nature at an early age, often being called the "Judge" by his peers and enrolling in Harvard College at sixteen. While most Harvard graduates pursued careers in law, business, or medicine, Thoreau was uninterested in these occupations and started teaching at a public school in Concord. After Ralph Waldo Emerson took a special interest in him, Thoreau took part in a circle of influential thinkers that included Margaret Fuller and Julian Hawthorne.

Shortly thereafter, Thoreau began contributing essays and poems for publication. Initially, his thoughts followed Transcendentalism, a school of thought promoted by his peers. After several years of doing odd jobs, Thoreau decided to focus almost solely on his writing. For two years, he lived in a forest near Walden Pond, a period in his life that would form the inspiration for Walden, one of his most famous works based on Thoreau's ideology of simple living. Thoreau's other beliefs included a resistance to civil obedience in the event of moral opposition and a strong moral disagreement with slavery. His works comprise some of the sources for modern day environmentalism, and he continued to advocate his philosophies through published journals and poetry until his death in 1862.

For insight into how Thoreau believed government should be treated, try Civil Disobedience, which posits that personal conscience should take precedence over civil law. This and Walden, two of Thoreau's most famous works, are available as audio MP3 downloads. If you're interested in more of Thoreau's essays try out his seasonal Autumnal Tints available on audio download.

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This work is based on the authors experiences during three short visits to Cape Cod between 1849 and 1855.

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In the early 1850s, Henry David Thoreau took many meditative walks along the coast....

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In 1849, 5 years before Henry David Thoreau published Walden, he wrote what has come to be...

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Thoreau refused to pay taxes in 1846, based on his opposition to the Mexican War, and was later jailed...

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Classic essay by Thoreau explaining why he went to jail rather than submit to a tax he felt unjust, Civil Disobedience served as inspiration to both Gandhi and Tolstoy and continues to be regarded as a definitive statement of the rights of the individual within the state.

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Civil Disobedience is Thoreau's primary essay on how to interact with Government. Here the author argues that a citizen must always uphold conscience over what is prescribed by law.

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"'What are you doing now?' he asked. 'Do you keep a journal?' So I make my first entry today."

With these words, in response to prodding from Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau embarked on a writing enterprise--his "Journal"

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Government and politics have a daily influence on our lives. The authority and responsibilities given to government affect not only our social customs but our prosperity and our freedom. The Giants of Political Thought series introduces you to the most influential thinkers on this subject through a series of dramatic presentations that explain their major works.

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On August 31, 1846, twenty-nine-year-old Henry David Thoreau left his cabin on Walden Pond to undertake a railroad and steamboat journey to Bangor, Maine, from where he would venture with his Penobscot guide Joe Polis deep into the backwoods of Maine.

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Civil Disobedience is an essay by Henry David Thoreau.

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