Civil Disobedience and Other Essays

Civil Disobedience and Other Essays

by Henry David Thoreau

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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. "Life without Principle" distills the essence of Thoreau's philosophy of self-reliance and individualism. "Slavery in Massachusetts" is a searing attack on government condonation of slavery.  "A Plea for Captain John Brown" is an eloquent defense of the radical abolitionist, while "Walking" celebrates the joys of that activity and pleads for conservation of the earth's wild places. The latter essay is recognized as one of the pioneer documents in the conservation and national park movement in America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486275635
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 05/20/1993
Series: Dover Thrift Editions Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 198,388
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Essayist, poet, and philosopher, Henry David Thoreau (1817–62) ranks among America's foremost nature writers. The Concord, Massachusetts native spent most of his life observing the natural world of New England, and his thoughts on leading a simple, independent life are captured in his best-known work, Walden.

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

Table of Contents

Civil Disobedience (1849)
Slavery in Massachusetts (1854)
A Plea for Captain John Brown (1860)
Walking (1862)
Life without Principle (1863)

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Civil Disobedience And Other Essays 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
sfisk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
re-read after many years, still as insightful and inspiring as ever
jimmaclachlan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
He has some wonderful essays, although it must be remembered that he had few personal responsibilities & no family to support. He was too self-centered for a wife & children. I believe he is sincere, if impractical. I think he draws the lines rather tight for the real world some times, but maybe it is that attitude that allowed things to go so wrong since his day...I've seen him labeled an Anarchist, but I believe he was a Libertarian. He wanted a better government that needed to govern less.
shannonkearns on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
some quotes i liked:"if the injustice is part of the necessary friction of the machine of government, let it go, let it go: perchance it will wear smooth,-certainly the machine will wear out. if the injustice has a spring, or a pulley, or a rope, or a crank, exclusively for itself, then perhaps you may consider whether the remedy will not be worse than the evil; but if it is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, i say, break the law. let you life be a counter friction to stop the machine. what i have to do is to see, at any rate, that i do not lend myself to the wrong which i condemn." (page 8)"a government that pretends to be christian and crucifies a million christs every day!" (page 43)
gmillar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I couldn't finish Walden and I couldn't finish all of these essays either. It's probably just me. I cannot get a grip on Thoreau's style or his politics and philosophy.
alexgieg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is more or less the core of libertarianism. A true classic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago