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Walden and On the Duty of Civil Disobedience
Walden and On the Duty of Civil Disobedience Author:Henry David Thoreau Philosopher,poet, and naturalist, Henry David Thoreau gave a new inspiration and a lasting dimension to the role of the dissenting individual in America over a century ago. Walden is the record of his experiment in independent living on the shores of Walden Pond, deep in the woods of New England. It is the catalogue of the beauties and econmies ... more »of nature, a repudiation of materialism, a plea for the sanctity of man's absolute moral indenpendence.
Returning from Waldon Pond to life in society, Thoreau put into practice his newly confirmed principles of self determination. He soon found himself jailed for his refusal to pay taxes to a government that countenaced slavery and waged what he felt to be an unjust war in Mexico. "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience" is a blistering polemic clarifying and defending the principles on which he based his actions. Together with "Walden", it is a key document in the long tradition of individual dissent in American life, a tradition as heartily alive today as in Thoreau's own mid-nineteenth-century Yankee New England.
The introduction by Charles R. Anderson, Professor of English at John Hopkins University, discusses both the literary qualities of the two works and the events in Thoreau's life that inspired thier writing.« less