Everything you need to understand or teach Civil Disobedience (Thoreau) by Henry David Thoreau.
"Civil Obedience and Other Essays" contains five of Thoreau's most frequently published essays outlining his unique principles on the role of man in society and his proper relationship to his government, his fellow man, and to nature.
The first essay in the book, entitled "Civil Disobedience" is a call by Thoreau for people to take responsibility for the actions of the government their taxes support. He is writing specifically about the government of Massachusetts, which while outlawing slavery had recently allowed for the return of escaped slaves to their owners in the South. Men have a moral responsibility to withhold support of a government engaged in immoral actions, Thoreau claims. He writes the essay after he himself is jailed for a short time for refusing to pay a poll tax.
In "Slavery in Massachusetts," Thoreau returns to his criticism of the Massachusetts government for supporting the return of...
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