The Night Thoreau Spent In Jail

The Night Thoreau Spent In Jail

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If the law is of such nature that itrequires you to be an agent of injustice to another,then I say, break the law. In 1849, the youngHenry David Thoreau, philosopher, poet,naturalist, penned these timeless words in hisCivil Disobedience. Three years earlierThoreau had refused to pay taxes to the government,which was engaged in the Mexican War. He condemnedthe war as unjust--a war never formally declared,begun without Congressional authorization, asavage and bloody war fought to assuage the UnitedStates' territorial ambitions. For his courageous andunprecedented act of protest, he was thrown injail. Thoreau was a man of the future. Over thepast century, his action has had worldwiderepercussions. Tolstoy was influenced by his stand, andGandhi based his passive resistance campaign on thewords of the philosopher of Walden Pond. Now,Thoreau's action take on a new relevance. TheNight Thoreau Spent In Jail is anessential work for today'sworld.

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