Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau - Thoreau ran into the constable and...

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Henry David Thoreau was one of the founders of transcendentalism. The friendship of Thoreau and Emerson deserves credit to the creation of the literary, philosophical, and religious movement. The two gathered a following, and created a circle of influential poets, artists, and authors that similarly believed in stressing the individual rather then the whole. Thoreau immersed himself in nature and created a cabin on Walden Pond, where he spent two years eating from the land, meditating, and observing nature. He wrote in his journal constantly, which he later revised and polished to create Walden. Thoreau is most famous for spending a night in jail during his stay at Walden Pond. One summer evening,
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Unformatted text preview: Thoreau ran into the constable and tax gatherer. The taxman asked him to pay his poll tax, which Thoreau avoided for several years. He declined, and was locked up. A single night was enough to make him decide that he could not support a government that endorsed slavery and waged an imperialist war against Mexico. His defense of the private, individual conscience against the majority found expression in his most famous essay, “Civil Disobedience”. It was not a popular or well known document at the time, but later proved to be extremely influential. “Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.”...
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This note was uploaded on 02/22/2012 for the course ENGL 102 taught by Professor Eriklevitt during the Fall '08 term at Boise State.

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