Thoreaus War - Thoreaus War The Night Thoreau Spent In Jail...

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Thoreau’s War “The Night Thoreau Spent In Jail” is centered around the plot development of Henry David Thoreau being sent to jail for not paying his taxes, which were to be allotted to support the ongoing war with the Mexican nation. Thoreau, in true transcendentalist form, opposed the war, and was equally opposed paying for it, in one instance even relating to the constable, Sam, “If you call on me to pay for a rifle, Sam, it’s the same as asking me to fire it!” Henry Thoreau’s qualms with funding the Mexican War were derivatives of two parts; one, his opposition to the sort of armed conquest that a war involves, and second, the sheer audacity of the government to expect citizens such as himself pay for services such as expansion and war while they themselves are more than likely not prospering from the effort, and, as pointed out by a quoted Congressman from Illinois, under false pretenses, no less. The Mexican War was a orchestrated war of conquest, supported by the President at the
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This note was uploaded on 03/28/2011 for the course POLITICAL 110 taught by Professor Monson during the Spring '11 term at BYU.

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