On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience

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On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience

  1. 1. On the Duty of Civil Disobedience(1849)<br />Trisha Santos<br />
  2. 2. Henry David Thoreau<br />Born July 12, 1817in Concord, Mass.<br />Attended Concord Academy, where he began showing resistance to governing rules. <br />Later studying at Harvard where he met Ralph Waldo Emerson. <br />Emerson led Thoreau in to transcendentalism <br />Known as poet and writer<br />
  3. 3. Known Work<br />Prior to writing Thoreau taught at his grade school for two weeks before he left because he would not perform corporal punishment.<br />Then joined his father making pencils until his death.<br />Soon after he realized he wanted a simple life of nature, he wanted to write.<br />Most recognized for his time spent at Walden Pond, where he wrote Walden after years of seclusion.<br />
  4. 4. Civil Disobedience<br />After refusing to pay his poll tax, which would help fund the war in Mexico thus perpetuating slavery Thoreau was sent to a Concord jail. <br />Thoreau was avidly against war as well as slavery<br />Whilst in Jail Thoreau wrote “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience” in 1849<br />
  5. 5. The Meaning<br />“I heartily accept the motto &quot;That government is best which governs least”<br />Believed in a controlled government which has little power<br />Protest to government should be allowed without repercussions when done with civility<br />Strongly believed in marching to the beat of your own drum. <br />
  6. 6. Late Acclaim<br />It wasn’t until the 20th century that this essay found attention<br />Used by Gandhi as well as Martin Luther King Jr. as a reference for civil rights reform.<br />
  7. 7. Works Cited<br />Oakes, Elizabeth H. &quot;Thoreau, Henry David.&quot; American Writers, American Biographies. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2004. American History Online. Facts On File, Inc. http://www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE52&iPin=AW230&SingleRecord=True (accessed September 20, 2009).<br />Otfinoski, Steven. &quot;Thoreau, Henry David.&quot; Nineteenth-Century Writers, American Profiles. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 1991. American History Online. Facts On File, Inc. http://www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE52&iPin=ffap19wr0006&SingleRecord=True (accessed September 20, 2009).<br />Anderson, Amy. &quot;Philosopher poet: the simple life of an American classic Henry David Thoreau.(Profiles in GREATNESS).&quot; Success (Oct 2009): 92(2). General OneFile. Gale. Dartmouth High School. 20 Sept. 2009 &lt;http://find.galegroup.com/gps/start.do?prodId=IPS&gt;.<br />

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