- Series: Dover Thrift Editions
- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications; Reprint edition (May 20, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486275639
- ISBN-13: 978-0486275635
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.3 x 8.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 1,301 customer reviews
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Philosopher, naturalist, poet and rugged individualist, Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) has inspired generations of readers to think for themselves, to follow the dictates of their own conscience and to make an art of their lives. This representative sampling of his thought includes five of his most frequently cited and read essays: 'Civil Disobedience, ' his most powerful and influential political essay, exalts the law of conscience over civil law.
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through my many readings of WALDEN. Every time is like a first time, but with a greater bundle of observations and thoughts to touch into
my thinking and living.
The two central themes of Mr. Thoreau's discontent is slavery and the American War. Mr. Thoreau states that the person has an obligation to stand up and resist when the state is acting improperly. It is not enough simply to complain. Some action is required. Mr. Thoreau seems to focus mostly on not paying taxes and being jailed if necessary. If I understood him correctly, Mr. Thoreau suggests that paying taxes to the government, under some circumstances, is the same as supporting slavery and the Mexican American War.
Among other things, Mr. Thoreau describes a brief stay in jail for refusing to pay a tax. I believe he refused to pay the tax in protest of slavery and the Mexican American War. If I am not mistaken, there were many, including Abraham Lincoln, who were opposed to that war.
I am not in any way a radical. However I read a wide range of literature. The reason I state that is that Saul Alinsky refers to this essay in his work, "Rules For Radicals". If a reader is interested in this essay, one might wish to consider reading "Ruke For Radicals" for purposes of compare and contrasting.
This essay provides one with an abundance of fuel for thought. There is also some material for further study. As an example Mr. Thoreau refers to "Paley". He is referring to William Paley. He quotes a poem by Charles Wolfe. These are both individuals who are worthy of further study should a reader be so inclined.
I am very glad I read this essay. Thank You...