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On the Duty of Civil Disobedience
     

On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

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by Henry David Thoreau
 

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Undoubtedly one of the most famous essayists of all time, Henry David Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience" seems as apropos today as it did when it was published in 1849.

In today's political climate, you often hear said Thoreau's opening motto - "That governments is best which governs least." Thoreau felt that government lends itself to
corruption by

Overview

Undoubtedly one of the most famous essayists of all time, Henry David Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience" seems as apropos today as it did when it was published in 1849.

In today's political climate, you often hear said Thoreau's opening motto - "That governments is best which governs least." Thoreau felt that government lends itself to
corruption by enabling a few men to impose their
will on the majority and to profit monetarily from
their power. He felt that instead of representing the people, government actually hinders the creative
enterprise of the very people it represents.

Thoreau espoused that a man has an obligation to act according to the dictates of his own conscience. Thoreau himself refused to pay taxes as a protest against slavery - fetching himself a night in jail. He asserted that one cannot see government for what it is while working within it.

Perhaps one of the most read of all essays in the world, "On The Duty of Civil Disobedience" is required reading for many courses. Above that, it is a classic that should be enjoyed by all. We at Timeless Classic Books hope you enjoy this thought provoking work.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012323897
Publisher:
Timeless Classic Books
Publication date:
04/03/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
81 KB

Meet the Author

Massachusetts native Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was a leading member of the American Transcendentalist movement, whose faith in nature was tested while Thoreau lived in a homemade hut at Walden Pond between 1845 and 1847. While there, Thoreau worked on the two books published in his lifetime: Walden and A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers. The Maine Woods, Cape Cod, Excursions, and other works were published posthumously.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
July 12, 1817
Date of Death:
May 6, 1862
Place of Birth:
Concord, Massachusetts
Place of Death:
Concord, Massachusetts
Education:
Concord Academy, 1828-33); Harvard University, 1837

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