Representative sampling of Thoreau's most frequently read and cited essays: "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience" (1849), "Life without Principle" ...Show synopsisRepresentative sampling of Thoreau's most frequently read and cited essays: "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience" (1849), "Life without Principle" (1863), "Slavery in Massachusetts" (1854), "A Plea for Captain John Brown" (1869) and "Walking" (1862).Hide synopsis
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As the leading Transcendentalist after Emerson, Henry David Thoreau accepts and expands the teachings of "self-reliance." He refused to pay a tax that would affirm the abominable practice of slavery. He goes to jail - but only for one night; Emerson paid his friend's fine. Thus: civil disobedience. How he can justify a defense of John Brow is another matter.
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